Corruption Cong’s poll plank in Rajasthan
Corruption will be the main issue and on Tuesday, the party released a “chargesheet”, levelling 108 charges of corruption against Vasundhara Raje-led government.india Updated: Oct 07, 2008 23:36 IST
With the state expected to go to the polls next month, the Congress seems to have laid out its election plan. Corruption will be the main issue and on Tuesday, the party released a “chargesheet”, levelling 108 charges of corruption against Vasundhara Raje-led government.
The document, circulated among party workers at a training camp in the presence of All India Congress Committee (AICC) media cell chief Veerappa Moily, accuses the state government of nepotism, underhand deals and allowing mafia a free run in the state.
It has former Union minister and BJP vice-president Kailash Meghwal accusing Raje of amassing wealth worth Rs 5,000 crore.
The Chief Minister, however, has denied the charges. The document details alleged corruption in land deals, sale of land in the border areas, and also deteriorating law and order situation in the state. In Raje’s tenure, mafia has run riot in the state, claims the document. Farmers were forced into selling land at low rates for projects like Knowledge Corridor.
Several ministers are involved in corruption but the chief minister has taken no action against them. Land mafia has thrived under the BJP rule in the state, the document says, making a specific mention of the Jaipur Development Authority.
“The BJP government in Rajasthan has created a record in corruption and people will punish it in the polls for its misdeeds,” former chief minister and AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot said. Sale of land in five border districts was a threat to national security and the government woke up to it only after forged deals involving 1 lakh bighas were registered by outsiders, the Congress alleged.
The BJP has dismissed the charges as baseless. “The Congress could’ve raised these issues on the floor of Vidhan Sabha, but it didn’t, which shows its double standards and lack of responsibility,” party’s election management and publicity committee convener Kailash Bhat said.