Rajasthan Political Crisis: In Ashok Gehlot vs Sachin Pilot, how numbers stack up in the 200-seat state assembly
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan is on the tenterhooks after deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot declared open rebellion on Sunday, with report speculating that he do another Jyotiraditya Scindia in the desert state.
The situation is being compared with what happened in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh where infighting and muscle flexing within the Congress paved way for the BJP to form governments. However, doing the same in Rajasthan may prove to a daunting task for the saffron party in Rajasthan.
In 2018, the Congress formed the government in the state having finished just short of the majority mark. However, it later acquired numbers with the merger of BSP MLAs.
Gehlot now claims he has the support of 107 Congress MLAs besides 13 Independents, two Bharatiya Tribal Party members and one from RLD.
The Congress on Sunday night claimed that 109 MLAs have signed a letter of support to the chief minister.
Even in a crunch situation, Gehlot may get the support of the two CPM MLAs, taking his tally to 125.
However, what may change the game is the extent of desertions in the party if Pilot switches sides with the BJP. The rebellion deputy CM on Sunday claimed that the Gehlot government is in minority as over 30 Congress MLAs have "pledged support" to him.
In Rajya Sabha elections, the two Congress candidates got the support of 123 members with one minister and one CPM MLA not voting due to health reasons.
On the other hand, the BJP has 70 MLAs and enjoys the support of Nagaur MP Hanuman Prasad Beniwal’s three MLAs. In the Rajya Sabha elections, its two candidates got the support of 74 MLAs.
If Pilot switches sides with the BJP and brings along 30 MLAs, this may prove to be another game-changer, snatching away one more of the very few states ruled by the Congress.
Posted By: Abhinav Gupta