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BJP says Gehlot govt`s corruption in public, Cong defends CM

Last Updated: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 00:17

Jaipur/ New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday alleged the
Rajasthan government`s awarding contracts to a firm, in which
the son of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot works, has brought
corruption in the state government to public domain while the
Congress backed him saying it has accepted his explanation on
the issue.

Reacting to a media report on the Gehlot government
favouring a private firm with contracts, the leader of the
opposition Vasundhara Raje charged that "the fact that the
state government is corrupt is now in public domain".

"Those in the state government were levelling
allegations of corruption against us but now their own cases
of corruption are coming into light," Raje said at a public
meeting in Anta town in Baran district.

"If the state government has worked with honesty, it
should reveal that where the fund meant for development has
gone because no developmental work is seen anywhere in the
state. Now people have understood who is honest and who is
corrupt," the former chief minister said.

Gehlot, meanwhile, has rejected the allegation of
favouring the firm where his son works as a legal consultant.

"I never favoured anyone in any reference. The
allegation that the firm, where my son works, was given undue
benefits is baseless. This is a beginning of allegations,
there may be some other allegations also," he said.

In New Delhi, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi
said, "You heard the Chief Minister himself clarifying the
matter. If anything is culpable that can always be brought in
public domain. He has given his clarification and we are
satisfied with it at the moment."


First Published: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 00:17

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