Rajasthan police’s special operations group (SOG) has announced the arrest of two individuals, Bharat Malani and Ashok Singh, and said that they were involved in efforts to topple the state government. The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) also filed a preliminary enquiry against three Independent MLAs for alleged attempts to bribe Congress MLAs ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls last month in a bid to destabilise the state government.
According to the SOG FIR, the arrested accused were allegedly talking about the rift between the chief minister and the deputy chief minister and also about toppling the Congress government by poaching MLAs. The SOG claimed to have gained the information from phone intercepts. Further questioning of the accused is taking place.
Earlier today, the ruling Congress party and the principal opposition party, the BJP, traded serious allegations and counter-allegations over the issue.
It all started with chief minister Ashok Gehlot accusing the BJP’s state and central leaders of conspiring to topple his government using money power, reported PTI.
“BJP leaders are playing the game at the behest of central leaders. MLAs were offered money… Rs 10 crore in advance and Rs 15 crore after the government is toppled,” the chief minister alleged and added that the BJP wants to convert the state’s politics into a goat market, reported PTI.
Gehlot also named leader of opposition Gulab Chand Kataria, his deputy Rajendra Rathore and BJP state president Satish Poonia for allegedly executing the agenda of their party’s central leadership by indulging in horse-trading.
On Friday night, over 20 Congress MLAs had also issued a joint statement alleging that BJP was trying to topple the Congress government in the state by “luring” legislators, reported the agency.
The BJP responded by daring Gehlot to prove his allegation or quit politics, and claimed that the CM was targeting the opposit