Raje's office is run by a bureaucrat, says Gehlot

Congress general secretary and former chief minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot addresses a press conference at his residence, in Jaipur, on Monday. PTI

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and former chief minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot on Monday accused Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje of remaining absent from the state and making a senior IAS officer as the de-facto CM.

Gehlot while addressing a press conference at his residence here said, "Raje either stays in Dholpur or Delhi and is not accessible. In her absence, Tanmay Kumar, a senior IAS officer posted at Chief Minister's Office, becomes the de-facto CM.”

Further taking a jibe on Raje for her image of being inaccessible, Gehlot added, “He (Tanmay Kumar) doesn't behave well with any of his colleagues and mistreats ministers and MLAs.”

In a rebuttal to Gehlot's statement, the BJP called the allegation baseless. “Gehlot should have not indulged in low politics. He and the Congress is jealous of CM's Gaurav Yatra success. He should stop attacking bureaucrats and also stop threatening them,” former BJP Rajasthan chief Ashok Parnami said in a statement.

Speaking about the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Gehlot said that popularity graph of the Narendra Modi government has fallen and it will not be a surprise if the BJP loses. "The BJP knows that it will lose the upcoming Assembly elections in Rajasthan, which is why they are using Modi's name and not Raje's to seek votes,” he said.

The Congress leader also demanded answers from the BJP on the Rafale deal and on the huge rise in the turnover of the company of Shah’s son.

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