Rajasthan Crisis: 96 MLAs at Gehlot's house, Congress says 'doors open for Pilot'
In a show of strength, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot gathered 96 MLAs at his residence and flashed victory signs at the crucial legislative party meeting.
The Congress on Monday said its doors are open for Sachin Pilot, the rebel leader who has claimed that he has the support of over 30 party MLAs in the state’s 200-member assembly.
“Doors are open for Sachin Pilot and other MLAs,” senior leader Randeep Surjewala told reporters here ahead of a crucial state legislative party meeting.
He said those who want to attend it should call up Avinash Pande, the AICC general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan. The party had issued a whip to all its MLAs, mandating everyone’s presence in the meeting.
Pande, Surjewala and Ajay Maken were rushed to Jaipur ahead of the meeting amid a power tussle between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot.
Pilot, who is also the president of the state unit of the party, on Tuesday night claimed he has the support of 30 MLAs and the Gehlot government is in minority.
The claim has been rejected by the Congress. The party says 109 MLAs have already expressed support for Gehlot.
Meanwhile, sources close to Pilot have claimed that he would not be joining BJP, keeping the speculations alive on what would be the future of the Congress government in Rajasthan.
#WATCH Rajasthan: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Congress leaders and party MLAs show victory sign, as they gather at CM's residence in Jaipur.— ANI (@ANI) July 13, 2020
The Congress Legislative Party meeting has begun. pic.twitter.com/FowLM7CAGA
In the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, the Congress has 107 MLAs and the BJP 72.
The crisis in Rajasthan Congress comes just four months after the party let Madhya Pradesh slip from its grasp. This has once again highlighted the leadership vaccum in the grand old party and the how the party is crumbling structurally almost across India.
(With PTI inputs)