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NEW DELHI: The political crisis in Rajasthan Congress intensified on Monday, with both chief minister Ashok Gehlot and his estranged deputy Sachin Pilot hardening their stands. While Gehlot claimed the support of over 100 MLAs and got the backing of the Congress legislature party, Sachin Pilot continued to keep the party guessing even as he dared the chief minister to parade the MLAs in front of the governor.

  • Congress to hold second CLP meet tomorrow

“To discuss political situation another Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meet will be held here (Jaipur) at 10 am tomorrow. We request Sachin Pilot and all MLAs to come, we’ll also give them in writing. We’ve requested them to come and discuss the situation,” Congress leader Randeep S Surjewala said.
With a majority of 109 for the Congress government in Rajasthan under Ashok Gehlot, all our MLAs gave their support letter. They have failed BJP’s attempts,” he added.

  • Bhartiya Tribal party to skip floor test if situation arises

BTB, which has two members in Rajasthan assembly, to abstain in case of a floor test. It’s a setback to Gehlot as party was said to be supporting him.

  • Congress urges Pilot to attend CLP meet

The Congress has again called for a Congress Legislative Party meet on Tuesday and urged Pilot to attend the meet.
“To discuss political situation another Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meet will be held here at 10 am tomorrow. We request Sachin Pilot and all MLAs to come, we’ll also give them in writing. They’re requested to come & discuss how to strengthen Rajasthan and serve the 8 crore people together. If there are some differences with someone then they should say that that with an open mind. Sonia Gandhi & Rahul Gandhi are ready to listen to everyone&find solution,” party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

  • Congress MLAs holed up in Jaipur hotel

Following the CLP meeting, Congress MLAs on Monday holed themselves up in a resort near Jaipur, where they expressed support for Rajasthan chief minister and only indirectly referred to Sachin Pilot, whose rebellion threatens his government.

  • Sachin Pilot is not joining BJP, say sources close to him

Pilot’s open revolt against the state leadership had fueled speculations that the Rajasthan deputy chief minister might join the BJP. There were unconfirmed reports last night that Pilot is likely to meet BJP chief J P Nadda.

  • Rajasthan Congress Legislative Party passes resolution supporting Ashok Gehlot-led government

During the meeting, the CLP in its resolution said that a strong disciplinary action should be taken against any Congress MLA or office bearer who indulges in anti-party activity directly or indirectly.
A meeting of MLAs was convened at 1.30 pm at chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s residence. The two-hour-long meeting, according to reports, was attended by 107 MLAs. Senior Congress leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala and Ajay Maken were also present at the meeting.
The meeting was meant to be a show of strength for Gehlot amidst power tussle with his deputy, Sachin Pilot.
The meeting was initially scheduled to take place late at night on Sunday. However, it was postponed after the Congress leadership in Delhi dispatched Surjewala and Maken as central observers. READ MORE

  • Rahul, Priyanka in touch with Pilot, trying to placate him: Sources

Top Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, are in touch with Sachin Pilot and are trying to placate him.
According to sources, top Congress leaders have spoken to Pilot and have asked him not to rebel against the chief minister. They also assured him that his grievances would be redressed at the party level.
The other Congress leaders who are learnt to have spoken with Pilot are Ahmed Patel, former Union finance minister P Chidambaram and AICC general secretary KC Venugopal. READ MORE

  • BJP claims Gehlot-led government has lost majority

BJP claimed that the Congress-led government at the state has lost majority due to internal conflict within the Congress party
“Sachin Pilot was the rightful candidate for the post of Rajasthan chief minister but Ashok Gehlot took the charge; a conflict in the party began since then. What is happening today is the result of that conflict. The state government has lost the majority,” Rajasthan BJP President Satish Punia told ANI on Monday. READ MORE

  • We are winning the number game: Rajasthan Congress

Rajasthan minister and Congress leader Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said the Gehlot government will complete its full term and his party is winning the number game. “The beginning of the end of the BJP government at the Centre will start from Rajasthan.
People of Rajasthan want government led by CM Ashok Gehlot to complete its full term. 115 MLAs were with us last night, now 109 are with us. We are winning the number game,” Khachariyawas told reporters here. READ MORE

  • Sachin Pilots claims support of 30 Congress MLAs

On Sunday, the deputy chief minister released an official statement, saying that the state government has lost majority. Pilot also claimed that he has the support of 30 Congress MLAs and pledged and some independent MLAs. READ MORE
The genesis of the current lies in an FIR filed by Special Operations Group (SOG) against two persons arrested on Saturday for trying to topple the Gehlot government which also has a reference to the deputy CM.
The SOG FIR, registered on the basis of the intercepted conversation between the accused Bharat Malani and Ashok Singh Chouhan, says that the two spoke about the rift between the two Congress members and how the government can be toppled in such a situation by dividing Congress and the independents supporting the Gehlot government. Quoting from the conversation about the ‘next CM’, the FIR says: “While BJP wants a CM from its camp and deputy CM (a reference to Pilot) to be made a minister at the Centre, the deputy CM is saying that he will be the next CM.”
Sources in the state Congress said the Pilot camp is furious by this development as the FIR has been filed by the SOG, which comes under the home department, a portfolio held by the CM himself. READ MORE

  • Sachin Pilot seethes, believes police probe a bid to hound him out

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s ‘strike’ against Sachin Pilot has left the younger leader seething, who sees being asked to join a police investigation into an alleged BJP plot to topple the government as a provocative act intended to corner him by insinuating his role in the events. READ MORE
Unlike Madhya Pradesh, the gap between Congress and BJP in Rajasthan is big and has grown after Ashok Gehlot, seen as an astute political player, took over as CM. After having finished just short of the majority mark, Congress acquired numbers by engineering, much to Mayawati’s chagrin, merger of the BSP MLAs. Gehlot now boasts of the support of 107 Congress MLAs besides 13 Independents, two Bharatiya Tribal Party members and one belonging to RLD. READ MORE

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