In the heat of the pre-election campaign for the November 25 assembly elections in Rajasthan, Union Home Minister Amit Shah made a startling revelation.
He claimed that the infamous ‘Laal Diary’ contains Ashok Gehlot’s ‘Kacha Chitta’ – the rough draft detailing the alleged scams and corruption worth thousands of crores that occurred under his leadership.
Unearthing Ashok Gehlot’s ‘Kacha Chitta’
During a public meeting in Bijainagar, Amit Shah accused Ashok Gehlot of engaging in widespread corruption and claimed that the ‘Laal Diary’ holds all calculations of the financial wrongdoings worth thousands of crores.
This accusation gained traction when former Rajasthan Minister Rajendra Gudha alleged that the diary contained damning evidence of financial transactions involving the Chief Minister.
Amit Shah’s attack on Ashok Gehlot took a cheeky turn when he advised the youth present at the public meeting not to wear red clothes to the Chief Minister’s campaign.
Drawing a parallel between bulls’ aversion to the color red and Gehlot’s predicament, Shah asked what secrets the ‘Laal Diary’ holds.
This statement adds fuel to the fire, intensifying public curiosity about the alleged corruption scandal.
According to Amit Shah, Ashok Gehlot’s tenure as Chief Minister has been riddled with corruption that surpasses the wrongdoings of all previous state governments combined.
Shah proceeded to enumerate some of the scams attributed to Gehlot’s government, including irregularities in the Mining department, illegal allocation of mining pattas, unethical activities related to Udaisagar Jheel, and dubious Pratapgarh limestone mining.
The allegations even extend to the discovery of ₹2 crore and a significant amount of gold in the cupboards of secretaries’ offices.
Congress and Corruption
Continuing his attack on the Gehlot government, Amit Shah asserted that corruption has been the only notable achievement of the Congress party during its five-year tenure.
This accusation aims to discredit the Congress’ governance and sway voters’ decisions in favor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming assembly elections.
Amit Shah appealed to the people to vote for a “double-engine” government in Rajasthan, emphasizing the need for a collaborative effort between the state and central governments.
He urged voters to consider their vote as a means to bring prosperity to Rajasthan and the nation under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Upcoming Assembly Polls
Rajasthan is poised to undergo assembly polls on November 25, with the counting of votes scheduled for December 3.
In the 2013 Legislative Assembly elections, the BJP emerged victorious with 163 seats and formed the government in Rajasthan.
However, in the 2018 elections, the Congress won 99 seats, while the BJP secured 73 seats in the 200-member House. Ashok Gehlot eventually assumed the role of Chief Minister with the support of BSP MLAs and Independents.
The Red Diary, purportedly holding evidence of Ashok Gehlot’s alleged corruption, has caused a stir in the political landscape of Rajasthan.
Amit Shah’s disclosure and scathing remarks against Gehlot serve as a rallying cry for the opposition BJP party.
With the assembly elections drawing near, the electorate is left to decide the fate of Gehlot’s government and whether the contents of the Red Diary hold substantial weight.
Only time will tell the true impact of this scandal on the political landscape of Rajasthan.