After BJP attacks his ‘doubtful’ style,Rajasthan chief secy goes on leave

He was only monitoring the existing schemes in the state and there is nothing wrong in that.

Written by Express News Service | Jaipur | Published:October 18, 2013 2:42 am

After being accused by the opposition BJP of a “doubtful” working style and “fulfilling the interests of the state government”,Rajasthan chief secretary C K Mathew proceeded on 58 days of leave on Thursday. He will be back in office only after the election process has been completed.

Mathew forwarded his leave application to the Department of Personnel for official approval. On Tuesday,the BJP had alleged that Mathew was working for the state government and furthering its interests by promoting populist schemes despite the model of conduct being in place.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot told reporters on Thursday,“In his (Mathew’s) 26 years of service no one has ever been able to point a finger at him. Governments have come and gone but he has dutifully done his job.

It is unfair to question his integrity. He was only monitoring the existing schemes in the state and there is nothing wrong in that. The opposition is ruffled by the success of the state government’s schemes.”

Gehlot accused the BJP of being hand-in-glove with multi-national companies,and seeking to push their products in the free medicines scheme. “They want to further the vested interests of the MNCs and therefore are trying to create a scare by calling the free medicines poison,” he said.

Gehlot alleged that BJP state unit chief Vasundhara Raje had failed to cite any achievements of the previous BJP government during her rallies. “They have been making tall claims,but I want to ask them can you mention at least five achievements of the BJP government?… We all know why the former CM got the tag of ‘8PM no CM’,and her role in carpets going missing from a city hotel.”

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