BJP trying to topple Rajasthan government: Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday said that while his government was busy fighting the menace of the novel coronavirus, the BJP was hatching a plot to topple his government.

Gehlot alleged that the BJP, which is the main opposition in the state, was offering MLAs up to Rs 15 crore or “favours” to switch allegiances and help topple his government.

“While the state government kept working for the people during the COVID-19 crisis, the BJP has continued to cause problems,” Gehlot said in a press conference.

“At the behest of their central leaders, how they are trying to topple the government, all of it is now before the public. To the MLAs whom they are approaching, they are offering Rs 10 crore in advance and after the government falls, then Rs 15 crore more. To some MLAs they are offering to pay extra,” Gehlot said in a press conference.

Giving the example of Madhya Pradesh, where former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia jumped ship to join the BJP and broke away 25 MLAs of the Congress, Gehlot said, “The sort of horse trading that we have seen in other states, such things have never happened in Rajasthan. MLAs never resigned like what happened in Madhya Pradesh. They bought MLAs in Gujarat. What has transpired in Madhya Pradesh, something similar they are trying to do in Rajasthan.”