Rajasthan CM alleges move by BJP to topple his government

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After hoisting its government in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, the BJP has turned its focus towards the Congress-ruled Rajasthan If chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s allegation is true.

He alleged on Saturday, July 11, that the saffron party had laid the net to poach his party MLAs by offering Rs.10 to Rs.15 crores.  He said while his government was fighting coronavirus the BJP was trying to topple his government.

“At the behest of their central leaders, how they are trying to topple the government, all of it is now before the public. To the MLAs whom they are approaching, they are offering Rs 10 crore in advance and after the government falls, then Rs 15 crore more. To some MLAs they are offering to pay extra,” Gehlot was quoted by News18 as saying.

The chief minister said BJP was trying to replicate in Rajasthan what it had effected in many other states. “They did this in Goa and Manipur. In Arunachal Pradesh, they bought all the MLAs and toppled the government. An ex-CM was forced to commit suicide. Same happened in Uttarakhand in whose current cabinet five ministers are from the Congress. In Maharashtra, they got the oath ceremony done even when they did not have the majority,” Gehlot alleged.

The plot of allegedly toppling the Congress government in Rajasthan is being probed by the Special Operations Group of the state police. According to ADG (SOG) Ashok Kumar Rathore, the police has registered an FIR on the basis of facts that surfaced during interception of two mobile numbers which indicated that efforts were being made to poach ruling party MLAs.

PTI reported that the SOG has issued notice to the chief minister, deputy chief minister and the government chief whip for recording their statement in this connection.

"Notices have been issued to chief minister, deputy chief minister and government chief whip for recording their statement in connection with the matter," an official source told PTI. The sources said nearly a dozen MLAs and others may also be issued notices soon.

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