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    Name MLAs offered Rs 25 cr: BJP to Congress

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    BJP leaders have dismissed Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot's charge that they were trying to poach his MLAs to win an extra Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

    New Delhi: BJP leaders have dismissed Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot's charge that they were trying to poach his MLAs to win an extra Rajya Sabha seat from the state. Gehlot's decision to shift his party MLAs to a resort to prevent poaching and his allegation that BJP has offered Rs 25 cr each to the lawmakers is seen as a preemptive move due to internal conflicts in Rajasthan Congress.

    “We had fielded an extra candidate for the Rajya Sabha election with a view that if an opportunity presents itself due to differences between Gehlot and deputy CM Sachin Pilot, we can utilise that. But no move to poach MLAs was made as Gehlot and Pilot did not appear divided on this issue,” a senior BJP leader said.

    Congress has the numbers to win two of the three vacant Rajya Sabha seats. BJP can win one seat but decided to field a second candidate. However, BJP leaders said only Rajendra Gehlot is likely to win. Onkar Singh Lakhawat is the other candidate.

    BJP insiders said a big difference between Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka vis-à-vis Rajasthan is that in the latter, Congress is in power and Pilot has been given a post, making rebellion only for a Rajya Sabha seat difficult. “Gehlot should tell us who are the Congress MLAs who have been offered Rs 25 cr. Is he talking about all his MLAs getting this amount collectively or each one? He has unnecessarily inflated the price of his MLAs,” joked a BJP leader while denying that there has been any attempt to poach.
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    1 Comment on this Story

    Melman const228 days ago
    So what is the offer to MLAs?
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