The remarks of Congress Main Whip in Rajasthan Assembly Mahesh Joshi describing Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat as a ‘fugitive’ created a flutter in the political circles listed here on Thursday. In its sharp response, the Opposition BJP mentioned the ruling party’s leaders have been touching a new low in politics in the State.
Mr. Joshi, who was summoned by the Delhi police crime branch to surface ahead of it for questioning in a cellular phone tapping circumstance registered on Mr. Shekhawat’s complaint, claimed it was the Union Minister who was operating away from supplying voice samples to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for a probe into the audio clips of dialogue about toppling the Condition government previous 12 months.
“If Mr. Shekhawat is clean up, then why is he working away? He is a fugitive on ethical grounds. He really should look prior to the ACB and give his voice samples,” Mr. Joshi instructed reporters exterior the PCC headquarters below. Right after his remarks, the Congress employees started off shouting slogans towards Mr. Shekhawat, contacting him a ‘bhagoda’ (fugitive). Mr. Shekhawat is the Lok Sabha MP elected from Jodhpur.
Mr. Joshi has refused to appear just before the crime branch in Delhi, declaring he was not named in the FIR registered in March this year, even though the make a difference linked to the jurisdiction of the scenario was pending before a court in the nationwide funds. He mentioned the detect of the criminal offense department was “legally untenable” due to the fact no man or woman previously mentioned 65 several years of age could be termed to a police station for recording of statement.
The audio clips of alleged telephonic discussions among Mr. Shekhawat and Congress leaders experienced surfaced for the duration of the political disaster in July final year, when then Deputy Main Minister Sachin Pilot, along with 18 MLAs supporting him, staged a rebellion. Mr. Joshi experienced lodged the circumstances with the ACB and the Particular Functions Team of the Rajasthan police on the basis of the audio clips.
Though the Congress leaders of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s camp alleged that the BJP leaders had been indulging in horse-buying and selling to topple the Point out federal government, the Delhi police registered the scenario on Mr. Shekhawat’s criticism towards the Main Minister’s OSD and many others on charges of felony conspiracy, criminal breach of rely on and unlawfully intercepting telegraphic alerts.
StteBJP president Satish Poonia stated Mr. Joshi’s “indecent remarks” experienced shown that the Congress leaders, who had stooped to a new very low, ended up not interested any far more in ideological fights in politics. “No one particular gets to be a fugitive [just] simply because of slogans. It is the frustration and guilty conscience of Congress which is coming to the fore,” Mr. Poonia stated. (EOM)