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Ripples of Punjab in Rajasthan: Gehlot’s OSD resigns after controversy over tweet

The ripples of the ongoing political situation in Punjab have now reached neighboring Rajasthan, with Lokesh Sharma, the officer on special duty (OSD) to the state’s chief minister Ashok Gehlot, tendering his resignation after a row over one of his tweets on Sunday.

The day when Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was forced to resign from his post, Sharma had tweeted in Hindi, saying “Majboot ko majboor, mamuli ko magroor kiya jaye… baad hi khet ko khaay, uss fasal ko kaun bachaye!” reported PTI.

The tweet had become widely popular, with many perceiving as a reference to the events in Punjab.

The political situation in Punjab and Rajasthan draw parallels because much like Punjab where chief minister Singh and Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu have been involved in a feud since long, the Congress party in Rajasthan is divided into factions loyal to CM Gehlot and former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot.

Later on Sunday night, OSD Sharma tendered his resignation aid that his tweet was wrongly interpreted, being given political colour and was being connected with the events in Punjab, reported The Indian Express.

In the past, Sharma has been involved in controversy when BJP MP and Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat had registered an FIR naming him and alleging that his phone was tapped during the political crisis in Rajasthan last year.

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