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Ashok Gehlot criticises BJP & RSS over Rajasthan violence incidents

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Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh over the incidents of violence in the state. Accusing the BJP and Sangh Parivar of setting an agenda, the chief minister alleged that the duo was planning to incite riots in Karauli, Ramgarh and Jodhpur.

“The RSS and BJP are setting an agenda. They were planning to incite riots in Karauli, Jodhpur, and Ramgarh. We took timely action and due to that, only small incidents occurred. However, we have arrested the culprits and we will not spare anyone. We will not allow violence in the state,” the chief minister said.

Earlier, Gehlot had hit out at the BJP for the violence in the state. On Monday, the chief minister said that what happened in Karauli was “an experiment by the BJP”, which “has been done in seven states on Ram Navami”. Massive violence broke out in Rajasthan's Karauli district on April 2, after some miscreants pelted stones at a rally taken out to celebrate the Hindu New Year. Several vehicles and shops were set afire in the communal clash. Reportedly, houses of more than 80 people were burnt in the violence, and at least 35 people were left injured. A similar incident was reported in Ramgarh. Meanwhile, tensions gripped Gehlot's hometown Jodhpur hours before Eid on Tuesday as communal violence broke out in the Jalori area. Several people including four cops were injured after stone pelting between two groups. The curfew imposed in the area following the incidents of violence has been extended till May 6. Along with this, internet services remain suspended in the district.


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