Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot likely to call Assembly session next week to showcase strength in House
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who met Governor Kalraj Mishra on Saturday, is likely to call Legislative Assembly session next week to showcase his strength in the House, according to reports. The Rajasthan Legislative Assembly session, however, will be dependent on Rajasthan High Court's verdict in the Sachin Pilot camp's plea against their disqualification notices.
Gehlot had met Governer Kalraj Mishra on Saturday. Although he termed the meeting a courtesy call, it came hours after two Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) MLAs extended their support to Congress government in Rajasthan.
"Both MLAs of the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) announced their support to the government after meeting their state executive officials and discussing with their demands," Gehlot said on Twitter.
Interestingly, these two MLAs had claimed that they were being held against their wishes. The BTP's support is seen as a crucial gain for the Ashok Gehlot government which has been facing a revolt from his former deputy Sachin Pilot.
Before Pilot's rebellion, the Congress had the support of 125 MLAs, including the these two BTP legislators. However, the numbers are not clear after Pilot's revolt but they have come down at least by 19 MLAs, who have been given disqualification notices. This means the numbers have now come down to 106 as these MLAs belong to the Pilot camp.
The Congress government, however, has been claiming the support of 107 MLAs. The majority mark in the 200-member Rajasthan Legislative Assembly is 101. But this could change as Pilot is also claiming the support of 30 MLAs, enough to bring down the Ashok Gehlot government.
Posted By: Shashikant Sharma