Gehlot slams BJP for levelling 'false' allegations



Jaipur: Lashing out at the opposition BJP, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday challenged the party to prove any allegation levelled against him.

Speaking at the launch of Congress Sandesh Yatra at the party office here, Gehlot said that allegations were also levelled against him 32 years back when he was MP but they turned out to be baseless.

"BJP leaders are levelling allegations that I have flat in Mumbai, a five-star hotel in son's name but such allegations had also been levelled 32 years back when I was elected as MP. I challenge that they can prove such baseless allegation," Gehlot said.

Congress government at Rajasthan took many pro-people decisions in all sectors which delivered encouraging results, he said.

"The government's financial management is robust and we presented surplus budget. Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia appreciated the state budget," he said.

Referring to BJP state chief Vasundhara's Yatra, which is scheduled next week, Gehlot said "BJP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari has rightly said that few looters are taking out yatra and will loot all the mineral resources of state."

"They (BJP) have already minted in the name of 90-B (land conversion) when they were in power and now they are after mineral resources," he added.

Gehlot said that the future of the state is bright due to abundant natural resource.

PCC President Chandrabhan said the Congress government has brought many new schemes and programmes for all sections of the society.

The major project for the state was setting up of oil refinery which was made possible due to efforts of the Congress government, he said.

Chandrabhan appealed workers to get united to defeat the BJP in state polls, scheduled later this year.

"I challenge that if elections are conducted today, Congress will win by two-third of the majority," he said.

He also read out message of AICC president Sonia Gandhi during the launch of the yatra at the PCC office.

In a veiled attack on state BJP chief, Congress leader Arun Yadav, "Some people wish to rule the state from London and have come back after four years of government."

MPs, state ministers, MLAs and party workers were present in the ceremony.

PTI