Sachin Pilot has support of 30 Congress MLAs, independents : Sources

13 July, 2020 | Ojasvi Chauhan

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As per the sources, 30 Congress MLA's have pledged their support to the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot. Ashok Gehlot is blaming BJP for trying to destabilise the state government b...

As many as 30 Congress MLAs and some independent legislators who are in touch with Sachin Pilot have pledged their support to him and have vouched to stand by whatever decision he takes, sources said as the political crisis deepens in Rajasthan. The crisis in Rajasthan Congress intensified with state Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot at loggerheads, while Gehlot is blaming BJP for trying to destabilise the state government by poaching MLAs, Pilot is camping in Delhi to speak to the party leadership regarding the political turmoil in the state.

A meeting of Congress Legislative Party will take place at Gehlot’s residence at 10:30 am on Monday. Gehlot has also called a meeting of party MLAs and ministers in Jaipur on Sunday night. Taking to Twitter, Gehlot said that special operations group (SOG) gave notices the Chief Minister, Deputy CM, Chief Whip, some other ministers and MLAs in connection with Congress Legislative Party’s complaint regarding horse-trading by BJP.

Rajasthan CM tweeted that CM, Dy CM, Chief Whip, some other ministers & MLAs have received notices from SOG to record their statements in connection with Congress Legislative Party’s complaint regarding horse-trading by BJP. It’s not appropriate to present it differently by some media outlets.

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According to sources, Pilot has sought an appointment with the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi but time for the meeting has not yet been given by her. Although, Pilot met another party leader to apprise him about the situation in the state and spelt out his grievance. As of now, many MLAs, who are believed to be in the Pilot camp, are also in Delhi to meet the party leadership.

According to sources, the deputy chief minister has the support of nearly 30 Congress MLAs along with many independent legislators. The clash between Gehlot and Pilot is also over the post of PCC Chief as Gehlot Camp wants that ‘One Leader One Post’ formula to be implemented in Rajasthan. Currently, Sachin Pilot is heading the PCC besides holding the Deputy CM post.

Sources close to Sachin Pilot have informed that the young leader is upset with the SOG notice issued to him. He believes it is aimed to record his phone calls and keep him under surveillance. Many of Pilot’s supporters feel indignation and told Pilot that they cannot work with Ashok Gehlot. Also, Pilot is unlikely to attend the meeting called by Gehlot today, according to sources.

Avinash Pande, Rajasthan Congress In-charge alleged that BJP is behind the political crisis in the state. He said that Congress is strongly working together. All MLAs have trust and faith in the party and CM Ashok Gehlot. BJP is deliberately diverting the present situation. This conspiracy has been hatched by BJP & they have been trying this for one year. He said that all Rajasthan Congress MLAs will work together and Congress govt in Rajasthan will complete its five years of tenure.

Meanwhile, BJP Rajasthan unit President Satish Poonia rejected claims by the Congress that the BJP was behind the present political uncertainty in the state. Poonia told ANI that BJP is not even thinking about forming a govt in the state. This govt will fall of its own ‘karma’ (deeds). BJP is sitting in the spectator’s gallery and watching the drama unfold. It is not the responsibility of the BJP to save a govt that is falling due to internal bickering, he said.

Pilot’s former colleague and BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the Rajasthan Deputy CM is being sidelined and persecuted by Gehlot. Scindia, who quit Congress and joined BJP tweeted that its sad to see his erstwhile colleague, Sachin Pilot too, being sidelined and persecuted by Rajasthan CM, Ashok Gehlot.  He added that it shows that talent and capability find little credence in Congress.

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