Rajasthan Congress accuses BJP of trying to woo MLAs in bid to win Rajya Sabha pollsPage Visited: 15
The political battle in Rajasthan has intensified in the run-up to the Rajya Sabha elections to be held later this month.
The ruling Congress has alleged that the BJP has been trying to poach its legislators in a bid to turn the tables in its favour.
Senior Congress leader and cabinet minister in Ashok Gehlot government, Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, while speaking with India Today TV, said, “Understand one thing. The kind of mentality that the Bhartiya Janata Party has in a democracy. They do not have anything in terms of policy or principle. BJP leaders indulge in politics of lies, deceit and cheating.”
“The example of Madhya Pradesh is in front of you, the example of Gujarat is in front of you. In Rajasthan, there are 15 independent MLAs. Some MLAs have approached the chief minister, some MLAs have also complained to him and the reason behind the complaint is that BJP leaders are calling them, have been talking to them and the kind of effort that they are making to talk is not of any purpose. They are not going to get anything in Rajasthan,” the legislator added.
The Congress alleged that the BJP has been trying to do a repeat of what it did in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh in a bid to woo the MLAs to ensure a favourable outcome in the upcoming elections for the Upper House.
The BJP, on the other hand, has refuted allegations made by the Congress, terming them as ‘baseless’.
The BJP state President, Satish Poonia, while speaking with India Today TV, said, “I think there is no strength in the allegation made by the Congress. It is completely baseless because normally, it used to happen that on the basis of numbers — the election used to happen unopposed. Congress is feeling the pain because we nominated a second candidate.”
“Our arithmetic is simple. The numerical strength is with the Congress, they seem to be assured of two seats, one seat is falling in our kitty. But our arithmetic was that after 51 votes, the spare votes will be ensured for our candidate, who will be the second preference. Along with that, people amongst Independents or the regional parties, who are of similar thinking, can support us. There is dissatisfaction with the work of the government, it is visible within the government and from the outside too. That is why we do not have to make any special effort. We had done this only to send out a message,” he added.