Ashok Gehlot accuses BJP of horse-trading, says 'Rs 25 cr offered to Rajasthan Congress MLAs'
Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday (June 12) slammed the BJP and said that the Rajya Sabha elections could have been conducted two months back, however they were postponed for no reason because BJP's horse-trading was not complete.
"The Rajya Sabha elections could have been conducted two months back, but they were postponed for no reason. The Bharatiya Janata Party wanted to poach MLAs in Rajasthan, but failed and hence delayed the elections," CM Gehlot said here while addressing the media along with Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot.
Expressing confident that Congress would win the Rajya Sabha elections in Rajasthan, CM Gehlot said that the party is united in the state not a single vote of his MLAs will go to anyone else in the Rajya Sabha elections. "Our two candidates will emerge victoriously. Two CPI-M MLAs will support us in the election," he stated during the address.
Earlier, the CM had charged the BJP with attempts to destabilise the Rajasthan government claiming that some of the party MLAs were offered Rs 25 crore each. Claiming a heavy transfer of cash to Jaipur, Gehlot said there were reports about the BJP's plan similar to that of Madhya Pradesh and some of the party MLAs were offered Rs 25 crore in cash with Rs 10 crore in advance.
Ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections, Pilot had on June 11 expressed confidence of winning the seats and said that their candidates will win.
"Our party, MLAs from supporting parties and independent MLAs who are supporting us, all are united. We have more than the required number for the majority. Our Rajya Sabha candidates Neeraj Dangi and KC Venugopal will win," said Pilot.
Congress Chief Whip in the state Assembly Mahesh Joshi had on June 10 written to the Director-General of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) alleging that attempts were being made to destabilise the state government by luring his party's MLAs and independent MLAs who support the government.