Close to 8pm on Tuesday, two sacked Rajasthan ministers, Ramesh Meena and Vishvendra Singh, denied having engaged in anti-party activities and claimed they only raised issues of concern to the people, the first indication of a softening of their stand by Congress rebels led by former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot.
“We never went against the party. We had some issues, which we raised at the party forum, but they were not addressed,” Meena, who was food and civil supplies minister in the Ashok Gehlot government, said in the video posted on the microblogging site Twitter.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has been accused of a conspiracy against the Congress government in Rajasthan. Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has been named along with rebel Congress MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma in a First Information Report (FIR) over allegations of a conspiracy against the Congress government in Rajasthan. The Congress today alleged that investigations have revealed rebel MLAs were plotting with the BJP against the Ashok Gehlot government.
The Congress has also suspended Bhanwar Lal Sharma and another rebel MLA, Vishvendra Singh, claiming audio proof that they were involved in deal-making to dislodge the party’s government in cahoots with the BJP.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said two audio recordings have surfaced in which Bhanwar Lal Sharma was heard in discussions with BJP leaders. The party claims one of the voices belongs to Mr Shekhawat, a senior BJP leader from Rajasthan and Union Minister for “Jal Shakti”.
The audio tapes have been circulating online but the Congress did not play them at its media briefing; Mr Surjewala read out what he called were transcripts of the conversations.
The Congress has demanded that the allegations be investigated by the Rajasthan police Special Operation Group, which reports to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Mr Sharma has denied the allegations. When the audio tapes surfaced on Thursday, he called them fake and asserted it was not his voice.