CM Gehlot calls meeting of party MLAs; Congress state in-charge says govt stable

  • | Sunday | 12th July, 2020

In a bid to project a show of strength, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has summoned a meeting of all party MLAs on Sunday night. Throughout the day several ministers and MLAs visited Gehlot’s home amid a political firestorm in the state at the heart of which is the tussle between Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot. The meeting at CM’s official residence here is scheduled to take place at 9 pm, PTI reported. Independent MLAs supporting the Gehlot government have also been invited.

Jaipur: In a bid to project a show of strength, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has summoned a meeting of all party MLAs on Sunday night. Throughout the day several ministers and MLAs visited Gehlot’s home amid a political firestorm in the state at the heart of which is the tussle between Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot. The meeting at CM’s official residence here is scheduled to take place at 9 pm, PTI reported. Independent MLAs supporting the Gehlot government have also been invited.

Earlier in the day, senior leader Kapil Sibal was the first from within the Congress to publicly acknowledge the crisis, saying he was worried for the party. Seeking a quick resolution of the “crisis”, he asked when would the party leadership “wake up”. “Worried for our party. Will we wake up only after the horses have bolted from our stables,” he said on Twitter. The Congress, which had lost Jyotiraditya Scindia and Madhya Pradesh to the BJP after a similar long-drawn battle between the old guard and the new, claimed that there was no threat to the Rajasthan government.

Even Scindia took a dig at his former party, saying the sidelining of Pilot showed talent and capability find little credence in the Congress. “Sad to see my erstwhile colleague, Sachin Pilot too, being sidelined and persecuted by Rajasthan CM, Ashok Gehlot. Shows that talent and capability find little credence in the Congress,” Scindia said.

Trying to play down reports of factionalism in its Rajasthan unit, Congress general secretary in-charge for the state Avinash Pande said the government in the state was stable and would last its full term. Pande told PTI all party MLAs in the state were in touch with him. Pande, however, said he was trying to reach out to Pilot and left messages for him. “All Congress MLAs are in touch with me and the government in Rajasthan is stable and will last its full term,” he said.

Reports of a coup were reignited after the state police, which arrested two BJP members for allegedly trying to lure away Congress and Independent MLAs with offers of Rs 20-25 crore each, lodged an FIR stating phone taps mentioned how the “Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister are having a fight” and “Deputy CM says that he will be the CM” – a reference to the power tussle within the ruling Congress between Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.



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