The Rajasthan Congress immediately claimed they stand collectively behind Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, denying the daylong disaster within the celebration seen to have been triggered by Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who’s tenting in Delhi. “The Congress stands united,” stated the celebration at a press convention in Jaipur, the place three MLAs who visited Delhi yesterday and is seen as a part of the Sachin Pilot camp, additionally made an look.
Certainly one of them, Rohit Bohra, had earlier advised NDTV that his go to to Delhi was “private” and it was there that he met with the opposite two MLAs, who additionally got here to Delhi on their very own errands.”We’re Congress males. We’re dedicated to the Congress celebration,” stated Danish Abrar and Chetan Dudi, the 2 others who had been additionally in Delhi on Saturday.
The MLAs, who had gone to Delhi yesterday, had been again in Jaipur by this afternoon in a day of fast-paced political developments. By night, they made their U-turn.
Mr Pilot — who misplaced the race for the Chief Ministership to veteran Ashok Gehlot in 2018 — is believed to have been in talks with the BJP since earlier than the lockdown. However the BJP shouldn’t be prepared to supply him the Chief Minister’s put up as he might not have the help of 30 to 35 MLAs it’d must type the federal government in Rajasthan.
Sources stated Mr Pilot is alleged to have the help of 19 MLAs — 16 from his personal celebration and three Independents.
A bit of leaders maintained Mr Pilot would possibly break up the Congress and type a regional celebration — a scenario that is unlikely to supply any rewards to any insurgent who would possibly comply with him out of the Congress. The BJP has denied any talks with Mr Pilot, although its senior leadrs admitted that they’re carefully watching the developments in Rajasthan.
The jitters in Rajasthan got here three months after the Congress misplaced Jyotiraditya Scindia and Madhya Pradesh to the BJP — a fallout of the tussle between the celebration’s outdated guard and the brand new.
Mr Scindia – whose aides denied that he had any contact with Mr Pilot — immediately tweeted a jibe on the Congress.
“Unhappy to see my erstwhile colleague, @SachinPilot too, being sidelined and persecuted by Rajasthan CM, @ashokgehlot51. Reveals that expertise and functionality discover little credence within the @INCIndia,” his tweet learn.
Mr Pilot has been left upset by a letter asking him to seem for questioning by the Particular Operations Group in an investigation associated to the horse-trading declare.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has identified that he and celebration chief whip Mahesh Joshi, who filed the criticism have additionally obtained summons for questioning – a declare that has been seen as eyewash as the house ministry beneath him controls the SOG.