Expecting another attempt to topple Congress govt, claims Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

The BJP in Rajasthan has denied the allegations levelled against senior party leaders including Union Home Minister Amit Shah by CM Ashok Gehlot.

File photo of Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot (Photo Credits: PTI)

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot alleged on Saturday that there is likely to be another attempt to topple the Congress government in the state. There is also talk of bringing down the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra, Gehlot claimed.

Addressing Congress workers, the Rajasthan CM recounted how Congress MLAs had to be housed at a hotel for 34 days earlier this year. Without naming former Rajasthan deputy CM Sachin Pilot, Gehlot said, “Maken [Ajay Maken], Randeep Surjewala and Avinash Pandey came and sat here. They decided to dismiss the rebel leaders and that is what saved the government.”

“People from across Rajasthan did not want the government to fall,” he added.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot also accused Union Home Minister Amit Shah of telling Congress leaders that five governments have been brought down and a sixth will also meet the same fate. In addition, Gehlot also accused Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan of claiming to be in touch with judges to boost the confidence of rebel Congress MLAs.

Responding to Gehlot’s accusations, Leader of Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly Gulab Chand Kataria claimed that infighting within the Congress will lead to the collapse of the state government. “They [Congress] made many promises to MLAs to save the government but these promises have not been fulfilled which is why the fear of their government collapsing is troubling them,” Kataria alleged.

BJP leader Gulab Chand Kataria termed allegations made against Union Home Minister Amit Shah by Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot as “baseless”.

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan government on Saturday withdrew a case against Tonk MLA Sachin Pilot’s media manager and a journalist.

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