Rajasthan Government Crisis: Congress calls another CLP meet on Tuesday, invites ‘rebel’ Sachin Pilot

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Updated: July 13, 2020 11:53:27 pm

Rajasthan Political Crisis Latest News: The Congress has called another meeting of legislators in Jaipur on Tuesday morning. The party has also invited Sachin Pilot to attend the meeting.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot ( File Photo PTI)

Crisis In Rajasthan Government: The Congress has called another meeting of its MLAs in Jaipur on Tuesday at 10 am and invited rebel party leader and deputy Rajasthan CM Sachin Pilot, who is yet to respond to the appeal by the party to come to the discussion table with his grievances. Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party demanded Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to call a floor test to prove his majority in the Legislative Assembly. Senior BJP leader Amit Malviya tweeted that Gehlot should prove his majority in the House so that the drama in Rajasthan could end. According to news agency ANI, 20 Congress MLAs and Sachin Pilot didn’t attend the CLP meeting in Jaipur where a resolution was passed backing Ashok Gehlot. The resolution also recommended strong disciplinary action against any Congress MLA and office-bearer who weakens the party. The MLAs were taken to Hotel Fairmont in Jaipur soon after the CLP meeting was over at Ashok Gehlot’s residence. Gehlot was also present inside one of the three buses. If TV reports are to believed, Sachin Pilot has reportedly demanded the Home and Finance portfolios. While Pilot currently holds the Finance department, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot heads the Home portfolio. Pilot has been camping in Gurugram since Sunday and has claimed the support of 30 MLAs. The rift between Gehlot and Pilot came to fore after the latter was served a notice by the SOG asking him to record statement in an alleged bid to topple the Congress’ government in Rajasthan.

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    22:20 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan political crisis: Congress appeals Sachin Pilot to return

    Speaking to ANI, senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi appealed Sachin Pilot to come to the discussion table and settle his differences. "He may have genuine grievances but where I draw a red flag is that if you try to topple a govt or hurt your own Congress party. I think everything except that red flag is accepted in party. It's a capacious party. I urge, request, beg him to exercise that right," Singhvi said.

    21:03 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan political crisis: Congress claims majority

    There is no number game. The state government had majority, it still has the majority. We have more than the required number. We have 109 MLAs with us, news agency ANI quoted Rajasthan Congress MLA Danish Abrar, as saying.

    18:13 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan crisis: BJP's Amit Malviya demands floor test

    BJP leader Amit Malviya has demanded an immediate floor test in Rajasthan. He said Ashok Gehlot must immediately call for a floor test to prove his majority.

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    17:51 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    'I am with Sachin Pilot': Rajasthan Cabinet Minister Ramesh Meena

    Rajasthan Cabinet Minister Ramesh Meena said that he is with Sachin Pilot. "I am with Sachin Pilot," he told reporters amid reports claiming Ashok Gehlot has won the fight against Pilot.

    17:43 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    20 MLAs didn't attend CLP meeting

    20 MLAs didn't attend the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting held at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence today, reported ANI.

    17:21 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    CLP passes resolution backing Ashok Gehlot

    The Congress Legislative Party (CLP) on Monday passed a resolution supporting the Ashok Gehlot government in the state. It said the CLP condemns all undemocratic wrongful acts for weakening the party and the government. It recommended strong disciplinary action against any Congress MLA, office bearer who weakens the party.

    17:06 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Congress MLAs arrive at Hotel Fairmont in Jaipur

    Congress MLAs arrive at Hotel Fairmont in Jaipur after attending Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence.

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    17:03 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot-Sachin Pilot rift mentioned in SOG's FIR

    Earlier on Thursday, an FIR was registered by the SOG on the basis of facts that surfaced during interception of two mobile numbers. It had indicated that efforts were being made to poach Congress MLAs. According to the FIR, the interception of two mobile numbers hinted that attempts were being made to topple the government and preparations were completed before the Rajya Sabha elections. In the conversation, the FIR said that the "Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister are having a fight; in such a situation, the ruling party MLAs and independent MLAs can be broken away to topple the government and a new CM will be put in place".

    16:40 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan government news Updates

    Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot crossed swords soon over portfolio distribution. At that time, then Congress president Rahul Gandhi had to intervene to settle the matter. Gehlot kept nine departments, including Finance and Home, to himself. The rift between the two leader again came to fore during the Lok Sabha elections in May 2019. Ashok Gehlot fielded his son Vaibhav from Jodhpur. After the party's drubbing, the Pilot camp alleged that Ashok Gehlot focused all his attention on Jodhpur and hardly campaigned elsewhere.

    16:32 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot-Sachin Pilot rift

    The 2018 decision to select Gehlot for the top job in Rajasthan had upset Pilot. He had staked a claim to the post since he had played a major role in reviving the party after being appointed as its state president one month after its worst-ever defeat in 2013. In return, Sachin Pilot was made Gehlot's deputy.

    16:20 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot vs Sachin Pilot

    The tussle between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot began even before the Congress came to power in Rajasthan in December 2018 when Assembly elections were held. The feud came to the fore during candidate selection and escalated when the high command decided to give Gehlot a third shot at Chief Ministership.

    15:20 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan: Congress herds MLAs to Jaipur resort

    Soon after the CLP meeting ended, all the Congress MLAs were taken to a Jaipur in three buses. Ashok Gehlot was also seen inside one of buses.

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    15:16 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    CLP meeting ends in Jaipur

    The CLP meeting at CM Ashok Gehlot's residence in Jaipur has ended. The meeting was slated to begin at 10:30 an but it was delayed. Sachin Pilot didn't attend the meet.

    14:59 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot claims support of 102 MLAs

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has claimed the support of 102 MLAs. The halfway mark in the Legislative Assembly is 101. The Assembly comprises 200 seats.

    14:02 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan political crisis: Sachin Pilot wants Finance and Home

    According to tv reports, deputy CM Sachin Pilot wants the Home and Finance portfolios. Besides, he also want to keep the PCC chief post to himself. CM Ashok Gehlot currently heads the Home department.

    13:47 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan government crisis Live Updates

    Sachin Pilot is the president of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee. He had on Sunday night claimed he has the support of 30 MLAs and the Ashok Gehlot government is now in minority. The claim has been rejected by the Congress. The party says 109 MLAs have already expressed support for Gehlot.

    13:32 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Sachin Pilot is a 'sincere Congressman', won't quit the party: DK Shivakumar

    Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar on Monday expressed confidence that Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot will not quit the party and called him a "sincere Congressman". He accused the BJP of trying to destabilise the Congress as part of their agenda. "No, he (Pilot) will not leave. I have full confidence that he will not leave. He is a very sincere Congressman like his father (Rajesh Pilot). He has built the party for the past six-seven years. He is the President (Rajasthan state unit), he has done his best for the party," Shivakumar said.

    13:28 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot, Congress MLAs, leaders show victory sign

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Congress leaders and party MLAs show victory sign.

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    13:06 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Rahul Gandhi responsible for Rajasthan crisis: Uma Bharti

    BJP leader Uma Bharti said Rahul Gandhi is responsible for current situation in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. "He doesn't allow young leaders in Congress to grow. He feels that if educated and able leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot get high posts then he will be left behind," she said.

    12:58 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Over 90 MLAs present at Ashok Gehlot's residence in Jaipur

    Over 90 MLAs at Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence in Jaipur, for Congress Legislative Party meeting. The meeting has started: Sources told ANI.

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    12:49 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot has lost majority, claims Rajasthan BJP chief Satish Punia

    Rajasthan BJP president Satish Punia said Sachin Pilot was the rightful candidate for the post of Rajasthan CM but Ashok Gehlot took the charge, a conflict in the party began since then. "What's happening today is the result of that conflict. The state government has lost the majority," he said.

    12:46 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    'Beginning of the end of BJP govt at Centre will start from Rajasthan', says minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas

    Congress leader and Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said the beginning of the end of 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," he said.

    12:42 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    'We are a family, doors open for talks': Randeep Singh Surjewala

    Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the Congress party is a family and its doors are open for talks. "If anyone is upset in family, they should find a solution by sitting with members of the family...On behalf of Congress leadership, including Sonia ji & Rahul ji, I convey that doors of Congress party are always open for Sachin ji or any member," he said.

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    12:24 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Sachin Pilot to stay put in Delhi, rejects offer for talks

    Meanwhile, tv channel AAJ Tak reported that Sachin Pilot will remain in Delhi and will not go to Jaipur for the CLP meeting. He has rejected the Congress' offer for talks.

    12:18 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    All Congress MLAs with CM Ashok Gehlot, says MLA Mahender Chaudhary

    Congress MLA Mahender Chaudhary claimed that all MLAs and "our alliance MLAs are with CM Ashok Gehlot. All of them will be attending the meeting of Congress Legislative Party today."

    12:15 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Congress ready to listen Sachin Pilot: Surjewala

    Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Congress is ready to listen to him but no indiscipline will be tolerated. "I am hoping he will turn up for the meeting," the Congress leader said.

    11:53 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Congress leadership spoke to Sachin Pilot multiple times: Surjewala

    Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that over the last 48 hours, Congress leadership has spoken to Sachin Pilot a number of times about the present political situation. He asked Pilot and all the 'missing' Congress MLAs to attend the CLP meeting in Jaipur.

    11:34 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Sachin Pilot's posters removes from Congress offie in Jaipur

    According to a report in Aaj Tak, Sachin Pilot's posters and banners have been removed from the Congress' office in Jaipur. The development comes in the midst of a deepening crisis in the Ashok Gehlot government.

    11:18 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Tried to speak to Sachin Pilot, says Avinash Pandey

    Rajasthan Congress in-charge Avinash Pandey said Congress president Sonia Gandhi has specially "assigned me a work saying that if any Congrees MLA or any alliance MLA have any problem or want to discuss their problem, they can come and talk to me and we can work on it". "I have tried to speak to him (Sachin Pilot) and have also sent messages to him but he hasn't replied yet. He isn't above the party.The party is ready to listen to him but no indiscipline will be tolerated. I'm hoping he will turn up for the meeting," Pandey said.

    11:12 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Sachin Pilot is now in BJP: PL Punia

    Senior Congress leader and Chattisgarh's Congress In-charge PL Punia hs claimed that Sachin Pilot is now in the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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    11:09 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Congress MLAs not happy with Ashok Gehlot: BJP's Om Mathur

    BJP leader Om Mathur said people of Rajasthan had given an opportunity to Congress to form government. "They should have used it properly. CM should have kept his governmwnt intact, but he is not able to do it. His party MLAs are not happy with him."

    10:59 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan Assembly: Party wise break-up

    In the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, the Congress has 107 MLAs and the BJP 72. The Congress also has the support of 10 out of 13 independents, and other party MLAs like Rashtriya Lok Dal (1), which is its ally. The Congress also considers Bhartiya Tribal Party (2) and CPI(M) (2) MLAs as their supporters. Apart from its 72 MLAs, BJP's ally Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) has three MLAs.

    10:52 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    'They are butchers', Congress MLA Rajendra Gudha blasts BJP

    Congress MLA Rajendra Gudha said while the chief minister is fighting the coronavirus crisis, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and his team are trying to topple the state government. "They are butchers," Gudha said.

    10:48 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    CM Ashok Gehlot's close aides raided by Income Tax

    The Income Tax sleuths are reported to have conducted raids at the premises of Dharmendra Rathod and Rajiv Arora. Both are considered close to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

    10:18 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Congress MLA Mahender Chaudhary says 'BJP will not succeed'

    Congress MLA Mahender Chaudhary said that the BJP will not be successful in its attempts to topple Congress government in Rajasthan. "All our Congress MLAs and our alliance MLAs are with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot; all of them will be attending the meeting of Congress Legislative Party today," he said.

    10:12 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan crisis: CLP meeting to begin shortly at Ashok Gehlot's residence

    A meeting of Congress Legislative Party scheduled to be held at Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's Jaipur residence today. The meeting will begin at 10:30 am.

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    10:02 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    BJP behind conspiracy to topple Ashok Gehlot govt: Avinash Pande

    Avinash Pande, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan, said the BJP was behind the conspiracy to topple the Ashok Gehlot government but it will complete its term. "The BJP is trying to destabilise the Congress government and wants to repeat what they did in Madhya Pradesh. But the MLAs are fully with the government and the party," he said.

    09:50 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Sad to see Sachin Pilot, too, being sidelined: Jyotiraditya Scindia

    BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday tweeted on the current political situation in Rajasthan. He said, "Sad to see my erstwhile colleague, Sachin Pilot too, being sidelined and persecuted by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Shows that talent and capability find little credence in the Congress." CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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    09:40 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Will Rajasthan go Madhya Pradesh way?

    The crisis in Rajasthan comes just three months after Congress lost Madhya Pradesh to the BJP as Jyotiraditya Scindia switched sides with 23 loyalist MLAs.

    09:35 (IST)13 Jul 2020
    Congress more concerned with saving govt than addressing public issues: Rajyavardhan Rathore

    Senior BJP leader and former union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said that Congress party in the Rajasthan had brought its infighting out into the open. He said the party has always been more concerned with its 'Sarkar Bachao Karyakram'. Rathore represents the Jaipur (Rural) seat in Lok Sabha.

    Sachin Pilot on Sunday claimed that the Ashok Gehlot government is in minority as over 30 Congress MLAs have pledged support to him. In the 200-member Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, the Congress has 107 MLAs and the BJP 72.
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