Once again, differences in the Rajasthan Congress went to the surface Tuesday with the Jaipur (Urban) section Lok Sabha representative of the party claiming that an"inner plot" contributed to her loss in the recent elections. Former mayor of Jaipur Jyoti Khandelwal cited her loss for the state vice president of the party,
Archana Sharma. She claimed that Archana Sharma, who was the Congress candidate from Malviya Nagar in the 2018 assembly elections, and her husband "conspired" for her defeat.
Claiming that some "leaders decided to make the BJP victorious", Khandelwal added, "I have a footage of the conversation of Archana Sharma's husband.
There was no party worker to man the booths in the Malviya Nagar assembly segment."
"There was no 'Modi Tsunami' on the Jaipur (Urban) parliamentary seat. The Congress got more votes this time and the winning margin of the BJP candidate reduced," she said, adding that the party's vote share went up from 23 per cent in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections to 33 per cent this time.
However, Sharma said she didn't have any objection to making Malviya Nagar a part of the pilot project to probe the reasons of the election drubbing. "I don't want to react to her statements. Make Malviya Nagar a part of the pilot project. Reasons of the defeat in other assembly segments should also be considered," Sharma said. Kahndelwal's remarks have come at a time when the Congress high command has issued an advisory asking its Rajasthan leaders to refrain from making statements that could hurt the party's dignity. Earlier, before the counting of the votes, Khandelwal claimed to have written to AICC chief Rahul Gandhi to conduct an inquiry into the issue.