Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that efforts are being made to destabilise a democratically elected government “which is gross insult to the mandate of the people and open violation of constitutional values”.
While the letter was written on July 19, it was shared by Gehlot’s office with the media on Wednesday.
In the letter, Gehlot wrote to Modi that he would like to draw his attention towards attempts to topple the state government through “horse trading”. He said the attempt was being made by “Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, some other BJP leaders, and some very ambitious politicians of our party”.
“Due to a multi-party system, various parties are chosen in the state and in the Centre. It is the beauty of our democracy that these governments have risen over party politics and worked while prioritising public interest,” Gehlot said.
He mentioned Bhanwarlal Sharma, a senior Congress MLA who is with the Sachin Pilot camp, saying that Sharma had attempted to topple the government of late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat when he was the CM. “Money had even reached several MLAs. Being the state president of the main Opposition party, I had met the then Governor Bali Ram Bhagat and Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao in person, and opposed, (saying) that toppling a chosen government, by buying and selling (MLAs) is against constitutional values. Such a conspiracy is deceiving the common man,” Gehlot said.
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“I will regret that while the Centre and state have a responsibility to save life and livelihood of common man, the ruling party at the Centre is playing the main role in the conspiracy of toppling Rajasthan’s Congress government. Such allegations were earlier levelled during toppling of Madhya Pradesh government during coronavirus, and your party earned a bad name throughout the country,” Gehlot said.
“I don’t know how much of this is known by you or if you are being misled. History will never forgive those who are participating in such acts. In the end, I am sure that our government will give good governance and complete its tenure,” he said.
State BJP president Satish Poonia said the CM’s letter makes it clear that he has lost all trust of his MLAs and that his government is in minority. In a letter addressed to the citizens of the state, he said, “I am writing this letter at a time when cases of coronavirus are constantly rising in the state and people are caught in the pandemic; when crimes are rising and locusts are attacking western Rajasthan.”
Poonia said the CM is continuously attacking the BJP and accusing it of horse trading to get people’s sympathy to hide its failures.