Janata Dal (JD) leader Bhanwar Lal Sharma yesterday brushed aside the impression created by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan that Chief Minister Bhairon Singh Shekhawat had a majority and asserted that Shekhawat would lose the confidence vote scheduled to be taken up on January 20.
Sharma described Shek-hawats government as a minority government and said that he would write a letter to Governor Bali Ram Bhagat asking him to restrain the government from taking any important decision and to ensure security of the MLAs, who he claimed were likely to vote against Shekhawats government.
Besides the 10 MLAs who have announced their opposition to the Chief Minister, there are 21 more BJP MLAs who would oppose Shekhawat at the time of voting, Sharma claimed.
The 73 Congress MLAs will also vote ag-ainst the government, he added.
Meanwhile, dissident BJP MLA Kamal Koli denied that he was either kidnapped or held captive by the dissident group as alleged in the first information report (FIR) lodged by his wife.
Addressing the press along with Sharma, Koli said that his wife may have lodged an FIR with the police under pressure from BJP leaders. I have already informed my wife on the telephone about my whereabouts, he said.