Rajasthan Cabinet resigns en masse

The ministers immediately handed over their resignations to the chief minister. There were 12 Cabinet ministers and 13 Ministers of State in the Gehlot government.

The invite for the full house meeting caught many ministers by surprise as they had been sent to district headquarters for the launch of Public Services Guarantee Act launched on Monday.

The nearly three-year-old Congress government’s image has touched rock bottom in recent times following one scandal after another.

Close on the heels of police firing in Gopalgarh in Bharatpur district killing 10 members of a minority community, the sex scandal involving former minister Mahipal Maderna and missing auxiliary nurse midwife Bhanwari Devi had sullied the government’s image further.
The government had come under fire from the party high command over the inept handling of the Gopalgarh police firing in which 10 members of the Meo community lost their life.

Heading the list of scandals that has undermined the credibility of the Congress government is the disappearance of nurse Bhanwari Devi in September. Two Congress leaders—former minister Maderna and MLA Malkhan Singh—had acknowledged to the CBI of their extramarital affairs with her.

The party also had to deal with the resignation of another minister Ram Lal Jat who quit a few days ago over alleged links with another woman Paras Devi who had died mysteriously in Bhilwara district.

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