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Clash heat on Gehlot

New Delhi, Sept. 22: The Congress high command has put Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on notice after it emerged the state government tried to mislead the party on last week’s communal violence in which nine Muslims died, reports our special correspondent.

A party delegation found evidence of police excesses and complete failure of the administration to contain the clashes.

Party sources said Sonia Gandhi was angry and had asked the chief minister to take stern action against the guilty officials. Even the state home minister, Shanti Dharival, may be asked to resign.

Gehlot visited Delhi last week to explain his position but the central leaders were not convinced. His position has been shaky anyway as his state rival and Union minister C.P. Joshi has been lobbying to become chief minister.

The Congress leaders fear the anger could hurt the party in the Uttar Pradesh polls next year if tough measures are not taken in Rajasthan.

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