Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has been named together with insurgent Congress MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma in a First Data Report (FIR) over allegations of a conspiracy towards the Congress authorities in Rajasthan. The Congress as we speak alleged that investigations have revealed insurgent MLAs had been plotting with the BJP towards the Ashok Gehlot authorities.
The Congress has additionally suspended Bhanwar Lal Sharma and one other insurgent MLA, Vishvendra Singh, claiming audio proof that they had been concerned in deal-making to dislodge the occasion’s authorities in cahoots with the BJP.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala stated two audio recordings have surfaced by which Bhanwar Lal Sharma was heard in discussions with BJP leaders. The occasion claims one of many voices belongs to Mr Shekhawat, a senior BJP chief from Rajasthan and Union Minister for “Jal Shakti”.
The audio tapes have been circulating on-line however the Congress didn’t play them at its media briefing; Mr Surjewala learn out what he referred to as had been transcripts of the conversations.
NDTV can’t vouch for the authenticity of the audio tapes.
“Yesterday, stunning tapes had been aired by the media by which Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, BJP chief Sanjay Jain and Congress MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma spoke about bribing MLAs and bringing down the Rajasthan authorities. Congress has suspended Bhanwar Lal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh from the first membership of the occasion. The occasion has additionally issued show-cause notices to them,” Mr Surjewala stated.
Mr Sharma has denied the allegations. When the audio tapes surfaced on Thursday, he referred to as them pretend and asserted it was not his voice.
The Congress has demanded that the allegations be investigated by the Rajasthan police Particular Operation Group, which reviews to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Mr Gehlot ordered an investigation through the Rajya Sabha election for 3 seats final month, when he accused the BJP of plotting with Congress rebels to destabilize his authorities. Then Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot had rubbished discuss of any such plan, saying Congress wouldn’t have gained two of the three seats if that had been true.
The simmering feud between the Chief Minister and his deputy exploded when Sachin Pilot acquired summons to reply questions on the alleged conspiracy. Mr Gehlot tried to sugar-coat the blow by claiming he had been summoned too, however Mr Pilot identified that as Chief Minister, he had despatched himself one solely as a fig leaf.
Wednesday, Mr Gehlot doubled down on the allegations towards Mr Pilot, whom he has sacked as his deputy. “Now we have proof that horse-trading was being dedicated. Rs 20 crore was provided… Our deputy chief minister himself was doing the deal and was giving statements that no horse-trading was going down. What clarifications are you giving while you your self had been concerned in it,” Mr Gehlot alleged.