The Ministry of Home Affairs, on Saturday, July 18, asked the Chief Secretary of Rajasthan to submit a report on the alleged phone tapping incidence in the state. Apparently, the alleged incidence indicates involvement if Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and two Congress MLAs.
The Congress Party, on Friday, had alleged Bhartiya Janata Party of conspiring against the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan. Congress also suspended two of its rebel MLAs – Bhanwar Lal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh – from the party’s primary membership.
However, the Union Minister has denied his involvement in any such conspiracy. He said that the voice in the alleged clip was not his and he was ready for any investigation, whatsoever.
The BJP also retaliated on Congress’s charges. It asked for a CBI inquiry into the case and to determine if the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan had illegally tapped phones of political leaders.
In a press conference on Saturday, July 18, BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra raised serious questions against the ruling party in Rajasthan. Patra said, “These are serious questions that we want to ask the Congress high command and Ashok Gehlot. Was phone tapping done? Assuming that you’ve tapped phones, was the standard operating procedure followed? Did the Congress government in Rajasthan use unconstitutional ways to save themselves when they found themselves cornered?”
The whole episode of allegations and counter-allegations started when Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan filed FIRs against Sachin Pilot on sedition charges. Later, Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan’s ex-Deputy Chief Minister rebelled against Gehlot’s government. He moved out with 18 more MLAs and did not attend CLP meetings called by Ashok Gehlot.