Hours after the BJP demanded an apology for his comments on President Ram Nath Kovind, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday claimed that a section of media misquoted him as saying Kovind was elected to the highest constitutional post due to his caste.
"It is very unfortunate that my comments during a press conference have been misquoted by few media houses," Gehlot tweeted.
Earlier in the day, at a press conference here, he said: "Ramnath Kovind ji was made the President keeping in mind the caste equations ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections. This is why Advani ji was left behind (in the presidential race)."
However, later while clarifying Gehlot asserted that he had the greatest regards for President Kovind and was impressed with his simplicity and humbleness.
"I have the greatest regards for the President of India, and personally for Sh. Ramnath ji whom I have met in person and highly impressed with his simplicity and humbleness," the Chief Minister said in his tweet.
Terming the CM's remarks as "anti-Dalit, anti-poor, anti-people, and anti-constitution", the BJP also urged the Election Commission to take action against Gehlot.
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