Rajasthan minister makes big claim, says ‘was offered Rs 25 crore to rebel against CM Ashok Gehlot’


Following the recent uprising in the ruling Shiv Sena party of Maharashtra, many opposition-ruled states have claimed attempts have been made to make waves in their governments as well, the most recent example being Congress-ruled Rajasthan.

Rajendra Gudha, the state minister for the welfare of soldiers, has made a sensational claim, saying he has been offered a whopping 25 crore for his vote in the recently held Rajya Sabha elections.

Likewise, he revealed that he was offered more than Rs 60 crore to oppose his party during the 2020 uprising against Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot. Gudha, one of the cabinet ministers in Rajasthan, earlier switched from Bahujan Samaj party to Congress.

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Gudha said he declined both offers and did not name a leader or party while making the claim. The government minister of the state congress addressed an event at a private school in Jhunjhunu on Monday.

In a video that surfaced Tuesday, he can be heard answering a question from a student. “I had an offer of Rs 25 crore to give my vote to one person. I then asked my wife,” he said, adding that she told him they would rather have “goodwill”.

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The Rajasthan minister further revealed that it was his family who took him out of the offer of Rs 60 crore against CM Ashok Gehlot. According to PTI reports, Gudha said: “I would also like to tell you that when the political crisis was underway, I had an offer of Rs 60 crore. I talked to my family. My wife, son and daughter said they have goodwill want and no money.”

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This is against the backdrop of the recent uprising staged by a faction of Shiv Sena MLAs in Maharashtra, led by Eknath Shinde, against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Meanwhile, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot repeatedly accused the BJP of trying to destabilize its government by offering millions of rupees to MLAs.

(with PTI inputs)

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