Cong minister rejects to defend Vadra, Sonia to sack him?

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Jaipur, Oct 16: Congress President Sonia Gandhi has been asked to sack a cabinet minister in Rajasthan, Bharat Singh, who allegedly had dared to defy her order to defend Robert Vadra against corruption allegations made by Arvind Kejriwal.

Led by Rajendra Singh Bidhuri, parliamentary secretary in Rajasthan, ten party legislators sent a letter to the party president seeking strong action against Bharat Singh.

The letter of the legislators said, "This is not the first time when Bharat Singh ji has stayed away from the party. During the last budget session, he praised former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for building roads and ignored the development works done by Congress's late prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi."

"He is the same minister who routinely stays at the residences of senior BJP leaders, thereby demoralising the local Congress leaders. The complaints have blamed minister Singh for the cross-voting by Congress pradhans in Kota that led to a BJP member getting elected the zila pramukh," added the legislators in their letter to Mrs Gandhi.

Earlier, Mrs Gandhi had asked her party men to defend her son-in-law against Kejriwal's allegations and starting from Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid to Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Sonia, all followed her instructions. However, the rebel cabinet minister in Rajasthan allegedly had claimed that the party should not defend Vadra as it was a personal issue for the Gandhi family.

Protesting against Bharat Singh's statement, Bidhuri chided, "We (Congressmen) get votes in the name of Gandhi family. How can someone object to the party defending the family's member, especially when the opposition is illegally targeting the member to hit at the Congress."

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