Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has been named along with rebel Congress MLA Bhanwar lal Sharma in an FIR over allegations of a conspiracy against the Congress government in Rajasthan. The Congress today alleged that investigations revealed rebel MLAs were plotting with the BJP against the Ashok Gehlot government.
The Congress has also suspended Bhanwar Lal Sharma and another rebel MLA, Vishwendra Singh, claiming audio proof that they were involved in deal-making to dislodge the party’s government.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said two audio recordings have surfaced in which Bhanwar Lal Sharma was heard in discussions with BJP leaders.
The audio tapes have been circulating online but the Congress did not play them; Mr Surjewala read out what he called were transcripts of the conversations.
NDTV cannot vouch for the authenticity of the audio tapes.
The Congress has demanded that the allegations be investigated by the Rajasthan police Special Operation Group, which reports to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Mr Sharma has denied the allegations. When the audio tapes surfaced on Thursday, he called them fake and asserted it was not his voice.