JAIPUR: Rajasthan chief minister
and a number of his MLAs have accused the
of conspiring to topple the government in the state, a charge denied by the opposition party which blamed “infighting” within the ruling Congress for the current situation.
The state police’s special operations group (SOG) has issued notices to Gehlot and deputy chief minister
to record their statement in connection with the alleged attempts to topple their government. Notice has also been sent government chief whip Mahesh Joshi to record his statement.
The move came after the SOG on Friday registered an FIR against two people, who have been detained for their alleged involvement in horse trading of Congress MLAs for toppling the Ashok Gehlot government.
“Notices have been issued to the chief minister, deputy chief minister and the government chief whip for recording their statement in connection with the matter,” an official source told PTI on Saturday.
Sources said that nearly a dozen MLAs and others may also be issued notices soon.
Gehlot held a press conference on Saturday and alleged that amid the coronavirus pandemic, BJP leaders have “gone beyond humanity” and are engaged in toppling his government, but exuded confidence that the Congress dispensation will complete its five-year term.
“The government in Rajasthan is stable, will remain stable and will last five years,” Gehlot said, and alleged that Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria, Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore and BJP state president Satish Poonia were executing the agenda of their party’s central leadership.
“Amid the crisis posed by the coronavirus pandemic, BJP leaders have gone beyond humanity and are engaged in toppling the government,” the chief minister said.
The BJP has sabotaged governments in several states. It now wants to play the same game in Rajasthan, that it did in Madhya Pradesh. But they have been exposed and people will give the BJP a befitting reply at the right time, he said.
Amid this revived political drama, movement of Congress MLAs have started at the chief minister’s residence. The legislators and party leaders would meet Gehlot on Saturday.
On Friday night, over 20 Congress MLAs issued a joint statement alleging that BJP was trying to topple the Congress government in the state by “luring” legislators.
They also alleged that the top leadership of the saffron party was involved in the “conspiracy”, while insisting that no temptation can shake their integrity.
The BJP, however, has rejected the allegations saying whatever is going on with Congress is the result of infighting between the chief minister and his deputy.
The party’s state president Satish Poonia said, “The BJP has nothing to do with all these allegations. During the Rajya Sabha elections also, they had levelled such allegations which are baseless.”
“The Congress government has failed to deliver and could not manage the Covid-19 crisis properly. Which is why the state government is just trying to divert public attention.”