Rajasthan Crisis | Sachin Pilot to not join BJP, may float his own party in coup attempt to become CM: Reports
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who declared open rebellion and his power tussle with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, said on Monday that he was not joining the BJP, according to NDTV.
The report quoted the sulking deputy CM rubbishing speculations of him planning to switch sides with the saffron party amid reports claiming that he was likely to meet BJP President JP Nadda today.
Meanwhile, a News18 report quoted sources saying that Pilotmay float his own party as he is not going to join the BJP. The party is likely to be named 'Pragatisheel Congress' and a formal announcement will be issued after the CLP meeting, the report added.
The report further quoted sources saying that Pilot has conveyed to the Congress high-command that working under Ashok Gehlot is tough.
Pilot may get outside support of the BJP and has reportedly demanded either the post of chief minister of key portfolios, including petroleum, in the state. This is reportedly the third attempt by Pilot to stage coup since March to become the chief minister.
Sources said that Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal will be supporting Pilot in his reported new party.
Reports suggest that Pilot was approached by the party's top leadership in a bid to iron out differences between him and Gehlot. However, the efforts failed to resolve the issues.
Sachin Pilot had on Sunday claimed that the Ashok Gehlot government is in minority now as over 30 Congress MLAs are supporting him.
In a statement, the state Congress chief also said he will not attend the Congress Legislature Party meeting scheduled to be held Monday.
Congress, however, disputed his claim of support of 30 MLAs, saying that 109 MLAs have signed a letter of support to the chief minister and some other MLAs are in touch with Gehlot and they will also sign the letter.
The bone of contention behind the infighting is a a notice sent to Pilot by the Rajasthan police, who claimed to have stumbled on a plot to topple the Congress government. The same notice was also sent to Gehlot, Government Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi and some other MLAs, but those close to Pilot insisted that it was meant to “humiliate” him.
Gehlot has accused the BJP of trying to topple the state government through horse trading. However, the BJP has denied the charges, saying the situation is a result of the power tussle between Pilot and Gehlot
In the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, the Congress has 107 MLAs and the BJP 72.
The Congress also has the support of 10 out of 13 independents, and other party MLAs like Rashtriya Lok Dal (1), which is its ally. The Congress also considers Bhartiya Tribal Party (2) and CPI(M) (2) MLAs as their supporters.
Apart from its 72 MLAs, BJP's ally Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) has three MLAs.
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