Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot accused the BJP of threatening those who wanted to make donations to the Congress. Gehlot was in Surat on Saturday. He told a press conference that the BJP was cornering “95% of the total donations made through electoral bonds as donors are not providing funds to other parties out of fear”.
Gehlot said that the BJP “even threatened corporates who wanted to donate to Congress and other political parties”. On the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) campaign, the veteran Congressman said Arvind Kejriwal and his party were spending money for “suppressing negative news against them”.
“If donation is given to other parties, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Income-Tax Department will come knocking on the doors of the donors. In our democracy, even donations are going to one party only. They have amassed crores of rupees, which they use to build five-star party offices across the country,” Gehlot alleged.
“Following the introduction of electoral bonds, 95% of the total donations are going to the BJP. Donors are not giving to other parties out of fear. The BJP has introduced a model wherein money collected through donations is being used to change state governments, like they did in Maharashtra and Karnataka,” he said.
Gehlot said the BJP was a “fascist” force that “wins elections on religious lines instead of any policy, programme or principles”.
“Gujarat is the land of Mahatma Gandhi. But there is an atmosphere of violence and unrest here. The situation is dangerous for democracy. All sections of the society are unhappy with the BJP. Time has come to change this regime and the Congress is ready to form the next government,” he added.