New Delhi: The entire Rajasthan cabinet resigned en masse on Tuesday to pave the way for a cabinet reshuffle by chief minister Ashok Gehlot. The move is being seen as an image-building exercise and a show of strength by Gehlot, whose government has been mired in a series of controversies.
“All the ministers took a collective decision to submit resignation to show faith and express confidence in the leadership of Ashok Gehlot so that he can strongly say before the party high command that his team is with him,” Shanti Dhariwal, who resigned as home minister, said in Jaipur.
The Gehlot government has been facing a crisis of credibility with three ministers forced to resign this year on charges of misconduct.
A file photo of Ashok Gehlot, CM, Rajasthan
Health minister Mahipal Maderna was sacked last month after his name surfaced in the disappearance of nurse Bhanwari Devi. Maderna was suspended from primary membership of the Congress party last Saturday.
Ramlal Jat, minister of state for environment and forests, also resigned on 12 November for his alleged role in the death of Paras Devi, wife of the Bhilwara Dairy chairman. Earlier in February, minister of state for rural development Waqf Amin Khan had to quit over his comments on President Pratibha Patil.
The mass resignations are being seen as a show of strength by Gehlot before his next visit to Delhi to discuss the reshuffle with the Congress leadership.
PTI contributed to this story.