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Rajasthan mess is creation of Ashok Gehlot: Bhupender Yadav, BJP general secretary


NEW DELHI: BJP general secretary from Rajasthan Bhupender Yadav has blamed the Ashok Gehlot government for the crisis in Rajasthan, stating that the current imbroglio is the result of an internal Congress crisis and denied any involvement of the BJP.

“In Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot has lost the trust of the people. The government is inactive and indecisive,” Yadav told ET. “The current government not only deceived the people but also their supporting partner, BSP. They even ill-treated their own state leadership,” he said.

This comes at a time when Rajasthan CM Gehlot and former Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, have written to PM Modi blaming the BJP for destabilising the Congress governments in their efforts to grab power. “It is absolutely wrong to say that BJP is in a hurry for any kind of power,” Yadav defended. Talking about Bihar, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, he said the circumstances were different in all the three states.

In Bihar, the JDU couldn’t handle the unreasonable demands put forward by the RJD. “BJP and JDU are natural partners. We had worked together for long in the past,” he said. In Karnataka, Yadav feels that the mandate was against the Congress and they followed the court order after the government failed.

In Madhya Pradesh, he says BJP’s vote percentage was better than Congress and due to psephological error, Congress came to power. However, in all the cases, he blames the internal problems within Congress for the loss of power. “We never adopted unfair means and have come forward to give a stable government to the people,” he said.

Meanwhile, the BJP has been raising questions on the role of the Speaker in Congress-ruled states. It has gone to court in both Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh against the Speaker and his role, under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution.

“The SC has from time to time interpreted the 10th Schedule in the Kihoto Hollohan case. The constitution is interpreted as per the circumstances. Our belief is that what is being interpreted by the Supreme Court is the final interpretation,” he adds. Yadav reinforced that all these milestone changes by the Election Commission were made during the earlier NDA rule only.

Being the in-charge of Bihar, Yadav has been the main force behind the virtual rallies organised by the party. After the spurt in Covid-19 cases, especially within the BJP office in Bihar, the opposition targeted him over virtual rallies. “We have moved forward in communication and it has now become virtual from real,” he adds. “There is negligible cost in a virtual rally compared to the crores spent in a real rally.”

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