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His government is completing 100 days in office today

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday ruled out any possible impact of former BJP leader Kirorilal Meena’s tough bargaining with the Congress for Lok Sabha tickets on the stability of his three-month-old government. “Whatever Dr. Meena says in public, his wife Golma Devi is to remain in the government. I have spoken to her in this regard,” he said.

Mr. Gehlot, whose government is completing 100 days in office on Sunday, made it clear that no one could intimidate the party into giving tickets.

“Dr. Meena is a different type of person. He speaks from his heart. However, it is not the practice of the Congress party to give tickets for the asking,” Mr. Gehlot said.

Dr. Meena, who had left the BJP prior to the Rajasthan Assembly elections last November, is demanding one Lok Sabha seat for him to contest besides tickets for his supporters in a the eastern districts.

There were reports that Dr. Meena, if not obliged with tickets, would go it alone upsetting the Congress calculations besides the stability of the State Government as well.

“Golma Devi knows that it is in the interest of the State that this government remains strong. Golma Devi, Parsadilal Meena and Ramkishore Saini would remain with the government despite whatever Dr. Meena speaks or does,” Mr. Gehlot said.

Golma Devi and two others are members of the Council of Ministers in the State. All of them, including Dr. Meena, had won the election as Independents.