Fearing horse-trading and the use of black money in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections in Rajasthan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has written to the Enforcement Directorate and the state's Chief Election Officer (CEO).
Leader of Opposition (LoP) Gulab Chand Kataria, Rajasthan BJP chief Satish Poonia and Deputy LoP and party whip Jogheswar Gard accused the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress of misusing government machinery to intimidate Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs).
The saffron party claimed that some disgruntled MLAs were openly slamming the government till recently, but they later went to Udaipur in a chartered plane with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
राज्यसभा चुनाव के दौरान राज्य की कांग्रेस सरकार के द्वारा सत्ता का दुरूपयोग करने, विधायकों को प्रताड़ित व प्रभावित करने के लिए आचार संहिता के दुरूपयोग तथा हॉर्स ट्रेडिंग की संभावनाओं के तहत काले धन के दुरूपयोग को रोकने के क्रम में भाजपा राजस्थान ने निर्वाचन आयोग को पत्र लिखा। pic.twitter.com/S1nNHoZVXZ— BJP Rajasthan (@BJP4Rajasthan) June 7, 2022
The ruling Congress has shifted its MLAs to a hotel, alleging poaching attempts by the BJP. However, the BJP leaders claimed that there are chances that temptations were given to the legislators.
The prime opposition in the state also expressed concerns that there could be black money in the hotel and demanded action on corrupt methods to ensure free and fair elections.
Earlier in the day, Congress Chief Whip and Water Resources Minister Dr Mahesh Joshi complained to the chief electoral officer over the possibility of horse-trading attempts. However, no person or party was named in the complaint. A similar complaint was given to the Anti-Corruption Bureau on Sunday.
Polls for four seats of the Rajya Sabha- the Upper House of the Parliament- will take place on June 10. Congress has fielded three candidates and BJP one. The saffron party has extended its support to media baron Subhash Chandra who is contesting as an independent candidate.
Chandra has the support of 30 BJP Members of MLAs and three of the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) and is short of eight votes to win the contest. With 71 seats, BJP will win one seat.
Meanwhile, the grand old party said that it has the support of 123 MLAs, including 12 independents and two from CPM. It will need three more votes to bag the third seat.
(With PTI inputs)