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Oct 01, 2011 at 12:16am IST

Cloud over 3 Rajasthan ministers, CM in trouble

Jaipur: Trouble mounts for Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. After Bharatpur clashes and Bhanwari Devi case, the Bilwara postmortem controversy has become a new headache for the chief Minister. Gehlot was call upon by the high command to explain the crisis.

But all's well in Rajasthan claimed the Chief Minister, after being summoned to Delhi by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

"Not only are we in control of the state, there's good governance barring a few incidents," said Gehlot.

Gehlot made the trip to explain the police excesses in Bharatpur's Gopalgarh, and the case of the missing nurse Bhanwari Devi.

But back in Jaipur, the day was marked by protests against the government's poor handling of the Bharatpur clashes that claimed 10 lives. They demanded that state Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal should step down.

"Under Ashok Gehlot's rule, Muslims are treated unjustly. How can they expect votes from us?" said minority rights activist Abhu Salim Engineer.

With three of his colleagues in the eye of controversy, Gehlot is increasingly under pressure. While the Congress panel that visited Gopalgarh recommended that Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal be asked to go, Mahipal Maderna, the Water Resources Minister, faces a possible CBI probe for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Bhanwari Devi, a nurse and starlet from Jodhpur.

Already one of the key accused Baldev Ram was arrested on Friday, and Forest Minister Ramlal Jat, who's alleged to have avoided a post mortem on the body of his relative's wife, may be the next.

Contrary to what the Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot claims, trouble for the Gehlot government, under fire from three quarters - the Bharatpur clashes, Bhanwari Devi case and the Bhilwara postmortem controversy, each with a minister at the centre of it - is likely to intensify, considering there's simmering anger among the people on the government's handling of each of these.

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