Congress MLA Giriraj Singh Malinga Monday alleged that rebel leader Sachin Pilot offered him Rs 35 crore before the Rajya Sabha polls to switch to the BJP. Malinga also claimed he rejected Pilot’s “offer” and had informed Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
“I was offered Rs 35 crore by Sachin Pilot to rebel against Ashok Gehlot. The meeting happened at his residence. He made the offer ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections and wanted me to switch sides. A similar offer was made in December too. I refused and informed Ashok Gehlot,” Malinga said.
He said he would not join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) even after resigning as an MLA.
“How will I face the people of my area? What will I tell them?” he asked.
Malinga was among the BSP MLAs in 2009 who had merged with the Congress. He was re-elected on a Congress ticket in 2013 and 2018 from the Bari constituency in Dholpur. Dholpur is former CM Vasundhara Raje’s stronghold.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot described his former deputy Sachin Pilot as a “worthless’ person, “doing nothing”, but said he raised no question over it in the party’s interest.
In his statement, he, however, did not name him.
He said no demand was raised to change the PCC president, a post which Pilot held for the last seven years in Rajasthan.
Gehlot said he “used to talk about conspiracy to topple his government but nobody believed that he (Pilot), having an innocent face, good command over English and Hindi and influence over the media across the country, can do this”.
“Rajasthan is the only state where no demand was raised to change the PCC president in seven years. We knew that nothing is happening here. We knew he is “nikamma” (worthless) and “nakara” (idle), still we did not question this in the interest of the party,” Gehlot said.
Rajasthan plunged into a political crisis after Pilot declared rebellion on July 12. The Congress later removed him as the deputy chief minister and also as the party’s state unit head.