Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who is known for his clean image in the politics, has now been targeted with corruption charges. The CM is alleged to have favoured private investors for his son’s benefit, besides a land scam worth Rs 200 crore in Ajmer region is also staring at the state government.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which in south is already stinged with the allegations against the Yedurrappa government in Karnataka, has waged a battle against Gehlot to take advantage of the situation.

Former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has alleged that the Gehlot government had given a contract of Rs 457 crore to construct a dam on Kalisindh River to a Jaipur based company Om Metals. The Chief Minister’s son Vaibhav Gehlot, who is working as a legal consultant in the company, used his influence to facilitate the company to grab the contract in contravention of norms, she added.

Vasundhara said, Vaibhav started working as the legal consultant with the Trinton Hotels in July 2009 with a salary of Rs 50,000 per month, and after that the state government gave its nod for commercial use of 10, 000 square meter of land on Delhi Road.

Further, BJP's national general secretary Kirit Somaiya has alleged that the state government had given land, whose real market value is Rs 14,900 per square meter, to Deepdarshan Housing Society in Ajmer for a mere Rs 123 per square meter. Similarly, the government also facilitated the Mewar Mill land scam of Rs 1000 crore in Bhilwada district to benefit its near and dear ones.

Seeking a CBI probe into the matter, Soumaya said the report with concrete facts would soon be submitted to the President.

(JPN/ Bureau)