Ashok Khemka
Ashok KhemkaTwitter/IBNLive

Having been on the same side regarding Robert Vadra's controversial land deals in Haryana, a rift seems to have emerged between BJP and Ashok Khemka as the IAS officer was transferred for the 45th time in 23 years on Wednesday.

There however was a ray of hope for Khemka as Haryana's Health Minister Anil Vij said that he would talk to state chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar for the officer "who had worked to weed out corruption during the previous Congress regime", adding that he had always been a supporter of Khemka.

BJP leader Vij further said in Ambala, "I will talk to the chief minister regarding Khemka's transfer," reports

The Haryana government meanwhile called the move a routine transfer, claiming that the IAS officer was needed more in the department in which he was transferred to.

Reacting to the situation, a despondent Khemka tweeted, "Tried hard to address corruption and bring reforms in transport despite severe limitations and entrenched interests. Moment is truly painful."

Khemka was one of nine IAS officers whose transfer orders were issued with immediate effect by the Haryana BJP government on Wednesday night.

He has now been posted as secretary, Archaeology and Museums Department and director general, Archaeology and Museums. Ashok Khemka was posted as transport commissioner and secretary in November 2014.