Hours after Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot claimed support from the two MLAs of Bhartiya Tribal Party(BTP), he visited Governor Kalraj Mishra at Raj Bhavan on Saturday. The chief minister in his tweet said that they discussed about the efforts being taken to control the spread of coronavirus in the state.
With the two BTP MLAs confirming support to the Gehlot government, the strength of the Congress in the Rajasthan Assembly now effectively stands at 90. The Rajasthan High Court has extended till Tuesday evening the deadline set by Speaker C P Joshi to the 19 rebel state Congress MLAs to respond to his showcause notices.
Meanwhile, the political row between the Congress and the BJP over the audio tapes, in which Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Congress MLA Bhanwarlal Sharma are allegedly heard plotting to topple the Ashok Gehlot government, continued on Saturday with the saffron party demanding a CBI probe. “Did the Rajasthan government use unconstitutional ways to save themselves when they found themselves cornered? Is the phone of any person who is related to politics is being tapped?” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said.
The Congress responded to the above claims by saying that the saffron party has finally admitted to its role in the “murder of democracy”. “The BJP has now admitted to its role in the murder of democracy in Rajasthan. Their only grievance was that when we were murdering, why were we getting recorded and if we were getting recorded was it legal,” party spokesperson Pawan Khera said.