Cracks deepen in Congress-led Rajasthan govt; Sachin Pilot to meet BJP Chief today
Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot is likely to skip the Congress meeting which will be headed by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today in Jaipur. The meeting was called to ease out the tussle between the two political bigwigs. Sources reveal that Pilot is likely to meet the BJP Chief JP Nadda today in Delhi.
Sources revealed that the already existing tussle between the two party stalwarts intensified after Gehlot ordered the state police to send a notice to the DyCM over the alleged horse-trading of Congress MLAs. It is said that about 19 Congress MLAs and supporters of Pilot have gone incommunicado. Pilot claims to have the support of 30 MLAs.
Senior party leaders Randeep Surjewala and Ajay Maken and Party General Secretary for Rajasthan Congress Avinash Pande also reached Jaipur on late Sunday night.
Rajasthan Congress in-charge Avinash Pande has sent a clear message to all its MLAs in Rajasthan that ‘strict disciplinary action will be taken against any MLA who is absent without mentioning personal or special reason’. Also, the Congress higher-ups have assured the party workers that the state government will complete its five-year term and ‘neither the BJP nor its allies have any reason to rejoice’.
Pilot’s absence from the meeting is being perceived as a strong indication of his exit from the party on the lines of Jyotiraditya Scindia who tumbled the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh by the joining the BJP.
The Rajasthan Assembly has 200 seats out of which with Congress rules the state with 107 MLAs and 17 allies while the BJP with 72 and 4 allies is in the opposition.
Meanwhile, in another major development, the Income Tax department raided the residence of two close aides of the CM Gehlot, Dharmendra Rathod and Rajiv Arora simultaneously in Jaipur, Kota, Delhi and Mumbai on Sunday.