Jaipur: Defending former chief minister Vasundhara Raje, Rajasthan BJP today claimed that she never opposed allocation of coal blocks through competitive bidding as blamed by Congress at the centre.
The party's state president Arun Chaturvedi said that the baseless allegation was leveled against Raje by the Congress for "face-saving" in the wake of coal scam.
"Former BJP government in Rajasthan headed by Vasundhara Raje did not express any opinion about coal blocks in the letter.
It was about lignite available in the state, not coal. The allegation is baseless and politically motivated," Chaturvedi said in a statement here.
He said that the Vasundhara government, to ensure adequate power production, had intended to keep the right over lignite (available in the state) with the state government but did not express her opinion about coal.
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