New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The political crisis in Rajasthan has deepened after Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's press conference with 16 Congress MLAs reportedly holed up in Gurugram and five others in Delhi. Earlier on Saturday, three independent MLAs were arrested by the SOG on charges of involvement in the horse-trading, resulting in an ugly mud-sliging by the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP.

Gehlot had Saturday accused the BJP of trying to topple the Congress government in the state by using money to lure his MLAs. The Rajasthan chief minister alleged that the BJP is offering his MLAs between Rs 10 and 15 crore to switch sides.

"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 BJP, however, rubbished his allegations and claimed that there was "infighting" within the Congress and the CM was trying to pin blame on the Opposition. "It is the Congress's own infighting but Ashok Gehlot wants to blame BJP. He is a veteran leader of the Congress and his pain is justified because the Congress has shrunk in the country," BJP's state president Satish Poonia said.

Last night, Gehlot had called and emergency cabinet meeting at his residence to discuss the prevailing political situation in the state. The Rajasthan CM met his ministers Shanti Dhariwal, Raghu Sharma, Pratap Singh Khachariyawas and Tikaram Jully and some Independent MLAs.

On Saturday, the Rajasthan police 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, according to sources. The police’s Special Operations Group (SOG) also sent a notice to Government Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi to record his statement.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma