‘Natural for MLAs to be upset, need to bear to save democracy’: Ashok Gehlot on Pilot’s homecoming
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Two days after a truce between dissident leader Sachin Pilot and Congress party following his meeting with Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said that resentment among the Congress MLAs lodged in hotels for a month since the crisis broke out was natural but he has exhorted the legislators to "bear it" to save democracy.
In an apparent reference to the return of Sachin Pilot and other rebel MLAs, the chief minister said that he told the MLAs on Tuesday night that they have to bear and work in the interest of people.
"It is natural for them (MLAs) to be upset. The way this episode happened, they had to stay in hotels...so it was natural to be upset. I have exhorted them that in the interest of the country, state, people of the state and for saving democracy, sometimes we have to bear,” Gehlot said as reported by news agency PTI.
MLAs belonging to the Gehlot camp were lodged in hotels for close to a month as the political crisis in the state played out.
“We will work together and our colleagues who have gone have also returned and I hope that all, after settling the complaints and grievances, will work and fulfil our commitment to serving the state,” he said, referring to the rebel MLAs.
His remarks came two days after a meeting between Pilot and Rahul Gandhi on Monday signalled an "amicable resolution" of nearly a month-long Rajasthan crisis ahead of the crucial assembly session from August 14.
The Congress had said that the crisis in Rajasthan is a "closed chapter" and all legislators supporting its government will work towards strengthening Rajasthan and fighting COVID-19 and other economic calamities.
The chief minister reiterated the allegation that the BJP was trying to topple the state government and said it was fully "exposed". However, it could not succeed in its game... 'Satyamev Jayate', Gehlot said.
The chief minister said that he recently wrote a letter to all the MLAs asking them to listen to the voice of conscience and people to save democracy and stand with the truth.
“It was the impact of the letter that BJP booked three charter planes to take their MLAs to Gujarat but only one plane could go,” he said.
Gehlot maintained that democracy was maintained in the country due to the contribution of Congress leaders and hoped that democracy is sustained in the country.
The political crisis in Rajasthan began after differences between Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot came out in the open. However, this apparently seems to have ended now as Pilot has agreed to work for the party after a meeting with the Congress top leadership. The session of Rajasthan Assembly is starting on August 14.
(With Agencies Inputs)
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