Jaipur: Facing the angst of the Congress high command over killing of 8 people belonging to the minority community in a police firing after  communal clashes broke out in Gopalgarh area of Bharatpur district last week, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ahok Gehlot action against his officials has failed to appease the party leadership.

A land dispute between the Meo Muslims and the Gujjars turned violent and the police had to resort to firing to bring the situation under control.

Expressing her unhappiness over the incident, Party president Sonia Gandhi had sent a team to conduct a survey in the riot-hit area. The delegation comprising MPs Vijay Bahuguna, Rashid Alvi, Viplov Thakur and Deepender Hooda submitted its report to Sonia.

Sources said the team has blamed the district administration and police for the incident and claimed that the clashes took place due to “administrative lapse”.

It has also apprised the party high command of the steps being taken by the Gehlot government to deal with the crisis.

Meanwhile, a Minorities Commission team also visited the affected areas and blamed the police for its failure to check violence.

As per the party sources, Gehlot is in a damage control mode and trying to amuse the party high command over the issue. For this, he has deputed his confidant and Rajya Sabha MP, Ask Ali Tank in this work.

Gehlot believes that Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel and party in charge Mukul Vasnik will be instrumental in averting the crisis.

The killing of 8 people may mar the party’s electoral performance during the Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh which has a large population of Meo Muslims in the districts bordering Rajasthan.

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mukul Wasnik held discussion with Home Minister P Chidambaram over the issue but refused to divulge the information.

It is worth mentioning that the CM visited Delhi to clear the air on the issue, however, he could not meet Sonia Gandhi.

JPN/Bureau