October 28, 2020 | 8:20 PM IST
Rajasthan Political Crises

BJP whips Rajasthan government over tapping of political phone calls

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has shot back at the Congress-led Rajasthan government saying it was using ‘unconstitutional’ methods to tap phones of politicians and said that it would seek a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into it. This was after a case was filed against the Union Water Resources Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for conspiring to topple the Ashok Gehlot government. 

BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra during a virtual press meet said that some audio clips were used to accuse the party leaders of trying to derail the Rajasthan government. He also said that the Congress leaders have been claiming that the audio clips are authentic while the FIR does not indicate so.

He said, “These are serious questions that we want to ask the Congress High Command and Ashok Gehlot. Was phone-tapping done? Assuming that you have tapped the phones, was the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) followed? Did the Rajasthan government use unconstitutional ways to save themselves when they found themselves cornered?”

Patra further asked, “The people of Rajasthan want to know if their privacy has been compromised and if the phones of people with political affiliations are being tapped?”

The Spokesperson also called for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into this ‘saga of illegalities and concocted lies’. 

Meanwhile, on Friday, the Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has accused the Former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot of scheming to dislodge the state government right from the day the government was formed. He said that the two were not on talking terms for nearly past 18 months. 

He said, “A minister does not talk to his CM, nor seeks his advice and there is no dialogue. In a democracy, even arch rivals talk. The beauty of democracy is dialogue. The news generated over the last one-and-a-half years is sufficient for a book.” 

Referring to Pilot’s comeback, he added, “If he comes back, I will give him a hug.”

The CM also added that Pilot was playing the victim card and unwarrantedly attracted the attention of the SOG which eventually issued a notice to him and 10-12 other MLAs.

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