Jaipur, July 11
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday accused the BJP of trying to topple his government by offering his legislators large sums of money, saying his administration is not just stable but will complete its five-year term.
Notices issued to CM, deputy CM
Jaipur: The Rajasthan Police have issued notices to CM Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot to record their statement in connection with the alleged attempts to topple their government, sources said on Saturday. A notice was also served on chief whip Mahesh Joshi. PTI
Gehlot alleged at a press conference that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were unable to “tolerate” him or his government and were therefore planning a conspiracy.
Rejecting Gehlot's allegations, BJP state president Satish Poonia said the political situation in the state was the result of infighting in the Congress and the Chief Minister was just trying to shift the blame.
FIrs filed against two for sedition
The (special operations group) SOG on Friday registered an FIR under Sections 124-A (sedition) and 120-B (conspiracy) IPC. The FIR mentions that two persons were allegedly talking about the rift between the CM and his deputy and toppling the government by poaching MLAs.
"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 claimed, a charge denied by the BJP.
Stepping up the attack against the BJP, the Chief Minister also named Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria, Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore and BJP state president Poonia and claimed they were carrying out the agenda of the party's central leadership.
Gehlot was asked whether the alleged efforts to weaken his party were happening because of two groups in the Congress – one led by him and the other by his deputy Sachin Pilot. “There may be five-seven leaders here who could be the claimant for Chief Minister's post. They may also have capabilities but when a Chief Minister is appointed, such talks get over and peace prevails,” he said. —PTI
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