Updated: June 13, 2021 4:44:55 am
AMID DIFFERENCES in the Rajasthan Congress unit, a party MLA who is known to be loyal to former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot said on Saturday that some Congress MLAs were “talking about their phones being tapped”. He said these included supporters of both Pilot and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
“Some Congress MLAs are talking about their phones being tapped. They told me about this. I told them that they should speak with the Chief Minister, and I think they have conveyed the message,” said Chaksu MLA Ved Prakash Solanki, who was among the 18 MLAs who supported Pilot last year.
Responding to a question, he said these MLAs included supporters of both Gehlot and Pilot. “Without any evidence, I can’t say whether phones are being tapped for sure. But Congress MLAs are talking about it. After hearing about this, I asked them to check if my phone was being tapped. I don’t know which app they used to check this. They said that my phone was not being tapped but their phones were,” he said, adding that a couple of MLAs had spoken to him about this.
“Some officials tell us that they don’t want to be posted with us because the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) may trap them. I have heard this from MLAs too, who said MLAs were facing pressure under the false impression that the ACB may trap them,” said Solanki.
Solanki’s statement comes a day after Pilot reached Delhi amid growing unease in his camp over the delay in Cabinet expansion and other appointments.
Reacting to Solanki’s statement, state BJP president Satish Poonia tweeted: “Once again, a Congress MLA is saying today that several MLAs say their phones are being tapped, they are being spied upon. The Congress should say who are these legislators.”
Over the past year, the BJP has repeatedly accused the Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan of tapping phones of public representatives. Gehlot and other Congress leaders have denied the charge.
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