Rajasthan political crisis Highlights (July 12): Gehlot govt in minority, Sachin Pilot claims 30 MLAs backing him

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Updated: July 12, 2020 11:49:48 pm

Rajasthan government crisis: Sachin Pilot camp MLAs have refused to work under the chief ministership of Ashok Gehlot.

Rajasthan government crisis: Rift between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot out in open.

Rajasthan political crisis updates: A fresh desert storm threatens to sweep the ground beneath the Congress party’s feet in Rajasthan with Deputy Chief Minister and PCC chief Sachin Pilot signalling a revolt over differences with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot claims 30 MLAs are backing him, which apparently puts Ashok Gehlot government in minority in Rajasthan. Pilot is also likely to skip Rajasthan Legislature Party meeting on Monday, news agency PTI reported quoting a statement issued by the Deputy CM. Pilot is believed to have arrived in the national capital on Saturday night along with a group of 20-25 MLAs who are camping at a Gurugram hotel. According to a PTI report citing sources, MLAs loyal to Pilot have claimed that they cannot stand the repeated undermining by the Gehlot camp. The report further corroborate indications that the summons issued to Pilot by the police’s special operations group (SOG) acted as the last straw in the ongoing rift between the two top leaders in the western state. The Pilot supporters maintain that the SOG’s letter to the Deputy CM to join the probe into attempts to topple the Gehlot government was meant to ‘humiliate him’. The SOG had on July 10 sent a letter to Pilot seeking his availability for recording his statement in connection with the alleged attempts to topple Congress government in the state. Ashok Gehlot and several Congress ministers have been alleging that the opposition BJP was making attempts to destabilise the government, a charge categorically denied by the BJP. The PTI report said Pilot and MLAs supporting him have resolved that they cannot work under Gehlot’s chief ministership after the letter was served to ‘publicly discredit’ the PCC chief. They asserted that while problems existed before too, this letter crossed all limits and such humiliation cannot be tolerated. Meanwhile, Ashok Gehlot has convened a meeting on Sunday night of Congress MLAs and others supporting his government. The meeting is likely to take place at the CM’s residence at 9 pm.

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    22:02 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan political crisis: Ashok Gehlot has majority, says Congress MLA

    "Gehlot ji has the majority. We are also making efforts and some BJP MLAs are in our contact. We will bring more MLAs from BJP than we would lose," ANI quoted Congress MLA Rajendra Gudda, as saying.

    21:29 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan crisis: Sachin Pilot claims support of 30 MLAs.

    Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot claims 30 MLAs backing him, says Ashok Gehlot government is in minority in Rajasthan. Pilot to skip Rajasthan Legislature Party meeting on Monday, news agency PTI reported quoting a statement issued by the Deputy CM.

    21:02 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan Legislative Assembly: Current strength

    The Rajasthan Legislative Assembly has 200 seats. The Congress has 107 MLAs and enjoys the support of independent MLAs and MLAs of other parties like Rashtriya Lok Dal, CPI (M) and Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP). The BJP has 72 MLAs.

    21:00 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan crisis: Sachin Pilot not to attend legislative party meeting

    Rajasthan Deputy CM and Sachin Pilot will not attend Congress Legislative Party meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow in Jaipur. Sources close to Pilot say Ashok Gehlot government in minority after over 30 Congress and some independent MLAs have pledged support to Sachin Pilot, reports ANI.

    20:27 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Will Rajasthan go Madhya Pradesh way?

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    19:49 (IST)12 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.

    19:35 (IST)12 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.

    19:23 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan political crisis: SOG arrests 2 in horse trading case

    The development in Rajasthan comes a day after the police’s special operations group (SOG) registered an FIR against two people for their alleged involvement in horse trading of Congress MLAs. The SOG also arrested two persons.

    19:06 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    30 Congress MLAs, few independent MLAs in touch with Sachin Pilot: Report

    30 Congress MLAs and some independent MLAs in touch with Sachin Pilot and have pledged their support to him with whatever decision he takes, news agency ANI reported quoting sources.

    18:19 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Sonia Gandhi deputes Surjewala, Ajay Maken to Jaipur

    Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi has deputed senior party leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala, Ajay Maken and Avinash Pande (Rajasthan Congress In-charge) to Jaipur. The two leaders will be present at the meeting which will take place at CM Ashok Gehlot's residence in Jaipur.

    18:03 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Sad to see Sachin Pilot too being sidelined: Jyotiraditya Scindia

    BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has 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."

    18:01 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    BJP trying to topple Congress government: Rajasthan Congress In-charge Avinash Pande

    Avinash Pande, Rajasthan Congress In-charge said, "We had a talk with Rajasthan Congress MLAs who had gone to Delhi and now, after talks, many of them have returned back to Jaipur. BJP is trying to topple Congress government in state, but it won't be successful. Everything is fine."

    17:39 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    'No threat to Ashok Gehlot government', says MLA Ramlal Jaat

    Several Congress ministers and MLAs met Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at his residence in Jaipur earlier today. MLA Ramlal Jaat said, "In Rajasthan, Gehlot means Congress & Congress means Gehlot. There is no danger to the government & it will complete its term."

    17:26 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan government news: Minister asks Sachin Pilot camp MLAs to 'rethink'

    Rajasthan Sports Minister Ashok Chandna said people should take lessons from MLAs who left Congress in Madhya Pradesh as they sat idle for months and now have been made ministers as polls are nearing. "They will lose the election and ministerial post. People should think about it," he said.

    17:19 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Sachin Pilot, MLAs supporting him resolve not to work under Ashok Gehlot

    According to a PTI report, Sachin Pilot who is in Delhi, and MLAs supporting him have resolved that they cannot work under Ashok Gehlot's chief ministership after the SOG letter was served to "publicly discredit" the PCC chief.

    16:48 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    'SOG sent letter to Sachin Pilot to humiliate him'

    According to a PTI report which cited sources, MLAs supporting Sachin Pilot cannot stand the repeated undermining of Pilot, also the state PCC chief, by the Ashok Gehlot camp and the letter by the police's special operations group (SOG) sent to the deputy CM was to 'humiliate him'.

    16:43 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot to meet Congress MLAs, independents at 9 pm

    According to reports, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will meet Congress MLAs at 9 pm at his residence, party sources told news agency PTI. Apart from the party MLAs, other supporting legislators have also been invited for the meeting.

    15:50 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Several ministers, Congress MLAs call on Ashok Gehlot

    According to a PTI report, several ministers and Congress MLAs called on the CM Ashok Gehlot during the day, indicating their support. However, some MLAs said to be close to Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who is also the state's Congress chief, are reportedly in Delhi.

    15:37 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot calls meeting of Congress MLAs, independents today night

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot summons meeting tonight of Congress MLAs, independents supporting his government.

    14:48 (IST)12 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.

    14:31 (IST)12 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.

    14:15 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan crisis: Minister alleges BJP role

    Congress leader and Transport Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said that BJP's conspiracy has been exposed and they will not be successful in fulfilling their agenda of toppling the state government.

    14:00 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan Police's SOG writes to Sachin Pilot

    Special Operations Group (SOG) of Police wrote to Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on 10th July seeking his availability for recording his statement in connection with the alleged attempts to topple Congress government in the state.

    13:45 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    'Worried for the party', tweets Kapil Sibal

    Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Sunday tweeetd that he was worried for the party. His tweet comes close on the heeld of the crisis in the Rajasthan government.

    13:35 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    ‘BJP leadership conspiring to topple Ashok Gehlot government’

    24 Congress MLAs on Friday issued a joint statement wherein they alleged that the saffron party’s top leadership is directly involved in a larger conspiracy to dethrone the Congress by luring the ruling party MLAs. The statement by the 24 MLAs was signed by chief whip Mahesh Joshi and deputy chief whip Mahendra Chaudhary. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

    13:29 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    CM Gehlot, Pilot asked to record statement over bid to ‘topple’ Congress govt

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot have been served notices by the police, asking them to record their statement in connection with the Congress’ allegations of BJP’s attempts to topple the state government. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

    13:19 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan govt crisis: BJP rejects CM Gehlot's charge

    Meanwhile, the BJP has rejected CM Ashok Gehlot's allegations. State BJP president Satish Poonia said the political situation in the state was the result of infighting in the Congress and the chief minister was just trying to shift the blame.

    13:05 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot meets council of ministers

    On Saturday night, CM Ashok Gehlot convened a meeting of the council of ministers at his residence to discuss the political situation in the state.

    12:58 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot alleges conspiracy by BJP

    Earlier on Saturday, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had accused the opposition BJP of trying to topple his government by offering his legislators large sums of money. He alleged that PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah were unable to 'tolerate' him or his government and were therefore planning a conspiracy.

    12:53 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan government crisis: Sachin Pilot in Delhi with 25 MLAs

    Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot is in Delhi with some of his loyalist MLAs. According to media reports, 25 MLAs are with Pilot and are camping in Delhi since Sunday. Pilot was once a contender for the CM's post.

    12:51 (IST)12 Jul 2020
    Rift between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot out in open

    The Congress government in Rajasthan appears to be deep in a crisis with rift between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot out in open.

    In the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly that has 200 seats, the Congress has 107 MLAs and enjoys the support of independent MLAs and MLAs of other parties like Rashtriya Lok Dal, CPI (M) and Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP). The BJP has 72 MLAs.
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