Rajasthan’s minister of state for soldiers’ welfare Rajendra Gudha has claimed he was offered ₹ 25 crore if he voted for a particular candidate in the recent Rajya Sabha elections.
The MLA, who switched from the Bahujan Samaj Party to the Congress earlier, claimed that he was similarly offered ₹ 60 crore during the rebellion against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in 2020.
Mr Gudha said he spurned both offers and did not mention any leader or a party while making the allegation.
The minister in the state’s Congress government was addressing an event at a private school in Jhunjhunu on Monday.
In a video which surfaced Tuesday, he is heard replying to a question from a student. “I had an offer of ₹ 25 crore to give my vote to one person. I then asked my wife,” he said, adding that she told him that they would rather have “goodwill”.
He also referred to the rebellion against the Gehlot government by the then deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot.
“I would also like to tell you that when the political crisis was going on, I had an offer of ₹ 60 crore. I talked to my family. My wife, son and daughter said that they want goodwill and not money,” he said.
“When those with you think like that, everything will be fine,” he told the schoolgirl.
Mr Gudha is one of the six MLAs who won the 2018 assembly elections as BSP candidates and joined the Congress in 2019. They remained in the Gehlot camp when Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs revolted against his leadership in July 2020.