Three days after she created a flutter with remarks on Narendra Modi, senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Thursday sought to assuage the Gujarat Chief Minister, saying she was misquoted and has no differences with him.
Ms. Swaraj, who had reportedly stated in Bihar that Mr. Modi’s magic may not work everywhere, said some people were playing mischief by “planting” stories against her.
Refuting reports that she had been snubbed by party chief Nitin Gadkari on the issue, Ms. Swaraj told PTI while she had spoken to him twice during the last two days, he had “not even broached the subject.”
Asked if these people were from BJP or outside, Ms. Swaraj said, “I can’t say.”
The Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha maintained that words were being attributed to her by some people who had “planted” this report in newspapers as “they stand to gain from a fight — where there is none — between Narendrabhai and me.”
Ms. Swaraj, who was campaigning in Bihar, reached out to mr. Modi, saying the two shared very cordial relations and this was not liked by some people.
“There is no tension between me and Modi. There are no differences between us. Narendrabhai has a unique quality that he is never affected by media reports. He has not spoken to me on this. If he has anything on his mind, he would have talked to me,” she said.
Ms. Swaraj said she had called Mr. Modi to congratulate him on BJP’s impressive victory in Gujarat local body elections.