Gehlot seeks explaination from Vasundhara Raje

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Jaipur, Oct 31 (UNI) Congress General Secretary and former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today sought explaination from Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over ''serious allegations'' levelled against her by a senior BJP MP and two of her cabinet colleagues.

Talking to reporters here today, Mr Gehlot said sitting MP and BJP National Vice President Kailash Meghwal had charged Ms Raje, at a formal party meeting in New Delhi, with alleged amassing of around Rs 5,000 crore during her four year long term in the office.

Mr Gehlot said two of her senior cabinet colleagues-- Education Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari and Industries Minister Narpat Singh Rajvi-- had also levelled serious charges againt the Chief Minister.

The charges included one of violation of sanctity of cabinet by Ms Raje while taking decisions on vital and sensitive issues without taking the cabinet in confidence, Mr Gehlot said.

The former chief minister said Ms Raje had opted to keep mum over the allegation but the of the state had right to know the factual position as this was the question of credibility and dignitary of the imcumbent chief minister.

''Therefore, Ms Raje should make a public clarification over the above allegations'', he demanded.

Mr Gehlot also took a dig at the ongoing dissident activities in the BJP state unit and said although prima facie it was the ruling party's internal affair but the ultimate sufferers in this ''show'' were the people of the state as the activities were on for the past about two and a half years.

To a question, Mr Gehlot said the Congress was ready for assembly election any time as it had already established its rapport with the people and geared up the party cadres.


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