‘Rome Was Burning, Nero Was Playing Flute’, Nadda Slams CM Gehlot Over Jodhpur Violence

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda called Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot ‘Nero’ as the state recently went through communal clashes in different areas. Nadda also claimed that Gehlot was celebrating his birthday when his home constituency Jodhpur was facing violence ahead of Eid, news agency ANI reported. 

“If I talk about Rajasthan today, it doesn’t feel good but when we open newspapers, we see incidents of Karauli, Jodhpur, Jaipur or some other city. On one hand, we say our government is responsible and responsive. On the other hand, the day when people in Jodhpur were on the roads, on that day, Gehlot sahab was celebrating his birthday. When Rome was burning, Nero was playing the flute,” Nadda said.

He was speaking at a party booth meeting of the Bikaner division in Suratgarh of the Sriganganagar district.

Nadda also went on the question if it was not Gehlot’s responsibility as a chief minister to visit Jodhpur after the clashes. 

“Wasn’t it the job of Ashok Gehlot that he should have gone to Jodhpur, which is his home district, where communal clashes were taking place? You should have gone there. You didn’t go, it shows how much you love the people of Rajasthan,” Nadda said.

He also attacked Gehlot’s governance while highlighting the initiatives like Ujjwala yojna by the central government saying, “Have you ever heard him talk about basic issues? He talks about riots, caste, communities or dividing the society. We talk about Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, and Sabka Prayas.”

Violence erupted in Jodhpur before Eid over putting religious flags on the Jalori gate circle. The incident led to stone-pelting injuring five policemen.

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