Ashok Gehlot’s Aide Offers To Resign Over Tweet On Punjab Crisis


Lokesh Sharma has been associated with Ashok Gehlot for over a decade now. (File)


Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s OSD Lokesh Sharma submitted his resignation on Saturday night, hours after he posted a tweet which was seen as an indirect criticism of the Congress over the change of leadership in Punjab.

The tweet appeared to refer to a strong person being made helpless and a mediocre person being elevated.

The officer on special duty to the Rajasthan chief minister submitted his resignation on Saturday night, seeking an apology for his tweet.

Mr Sharma has been associated with Mr Gehlot for over a decade now and he has been looking after his social media. He was made the OSD after Mr Gehlot came to power in December 2018.

Majboot ko majboor, mamuli ko magroor kiya jaye… baad hi khet ko khaay, uss fasal ko kaun bachaye! (They make the strong weak, they force people on the lines, ultimately the fence eats the field, who would be able to save such a crop),” Mr Sharma had tweeted after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh resigned on Saturday.

In the resignation letter, the OSD said he has been active on Twitter since 2010 and has not tweeted beyond party lines.

Mr Sharma said he never posted any political tweet after being given the responsibility of OSD by Mr Gehlot.

However, he sought an apology if his tweet hurt the party high command and the state government in anyway.

The Delhi police had registered a case against Mr Sharma in March on Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat’s complaint.

During the political crisis in Rajasthan due to rebellion by deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and 18 other MLAs last year, purported audio clips of conversations between Mr Shekhawat, BJP leader Sanjay Jain and Congress MLAs Bhanwarlal and Vishvendra Singh were leaked. They were allegedly discussing a plan to topple the Congress government in the state.

It was alleged that Mr Sharma had circulated the audio clips, a charge denied by him.

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