Congress has served a show-cause notice to three ministers and four MLAs in party-ruled Rajasthan asking why action should not be taken against them for "violating the party whip and voting against official candidates" in the recent Rajya Sabha biennial polls.
Congress-backed Independent Santosh Bagrodia, a former union minister, was humbled by a huge margin, securing only 11 votes against 41 first preference votes needed for victory in the elections from the state held on June 17.
"Taking cognizance of party agents' report of cross voting during the RS biennial polls, AICC General Secretary and Union Minister Mukul Vasnik served the notices to them individually," a state party spokesman said today.
Energy and Higher Education Minister Jitendra Singh, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Brijendra Singh Ola and Parliamentary Secretary (minister status) Giriraj Singh Malinga were among those who were served with the notice on Saturday, the spokesman said.
Four MLAs Nirmala Saharia, Mahendra Singh Gurjar, Lal Shankar Ghatia and Ram Lal Meghwal also gave their second preference to BJP candidates -- either Ram Jethmalani or VP Singh, he said.
"All of them are given two days time to reply to the notice," the spokesman said.
Another minister Golma Devi (independent) who also allegedly indulged in cross voting, would be probably served notice by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot upon his return from the US tour.
In the RS elections, two candidates of Congress Anand Sharma and Ashk Ali Tak got 51 first preference votes each and won the polls but Bagrodia lost.
The BJP, whose candidates noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani and VP Singh also won on 41 first preference votes each, was also trying to find out two of its MLAs whose votes got rejected. Former chief minister Vasundhara Raje had asked the Election Commission to open the rejected ballots.
Meanwhile, the spokesman hinted the Gehlot government could effect a minor reshuffle in his ministry after taking permission from the high command.