BJP trying to topple Rajasthan government, offering MLAs Rs 15 cr, alleges CM Ashok Gehlot
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has accused the BJP of trying to topple the Congress government in the state by using money to lure his MLAs. The Rajasthan chief minister said that the BJP, which is the main opposition party in the state, is offering his MLAs between Rs 10 and 15 crore to switch sides. He also named BJP leaders Satish Poonia and Rajendra Rathore of playing the game to topple the Congress government.
"Whether it is Satish Poonia or Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, they are playing games to topple our govt on behest of their central leadership. They are offering Rs 10 cr in advance & Rs 15 cr after govt is toppled... these are the kind of promises they are making," Gehlot said.
The chief minister said that while he is focused on fighting coronavirus, the BJP is trying to de-stabilise his government by indulging in the horse-trading. "We must focus on fighting coronavirus and that is what we are doing but they (BJP) are trying to de-stabilise the government. It wasn't so during Vajpayee ji's time but after 2014 there is pride & division on basis of religion," Gehlot said in a press conference on Saturday.
He, however, exuded confidence that his government is stable and will complete its full five-year term.
"They used to speak of 'Congress Mukt Bharat' but now they are afraid of Congress. Government is stable in Rajasthan, it will complete its full term. We are engaged in preparations to win the next election: Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan Chief Minister
Rajasthan Police issues notice to Gehlot, Pilot to record their statement
The Rajasthan police have issued notices to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot to record their statements in connection with the alleged attempts to topple their Congress government, sources said on Saturday.
The police’s Special Operations Group (SOG) also sent a notice to Government Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi to record his statement, they said.
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 Government Chief Whip for recording their statement in connection with the matter," news agency PTI quoted a source as saying.
(With PTI inputs)
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