Rajasthan Political Crisis: Two BTP MLAs extend support to Ashok Gehlot government
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Two Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) MLAs, who had recently posted a video claiming that they were being held by the police against their wishes, have extended their support to Congress government in Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Saturday.
"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.
This is seen as a crucial gain for the Ashok Gehlot government which is 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.
The Congress party has given disqualification notices to 19 legislators including Pilot. Which means the numbers have now come down to 106. 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.
Meanwhile, Pilot and team have reportedly moved to a separate location as a team of Rajasthan Police's SOG returned empty-handed from Manesar resort where it had gone to record voice sample of rebel Congress MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma who purportedly featured in leaked audio where the conspiracy to topple the Ashok Gehlot government was discussed.
The police team didn't find any of the rebel Congress leaders, who reportedly left to an undisclosed location from the resort in BJP-ruled Haryana's Manesar where they had been camping since last week.
The Congress party alleged that Haryana Police didn't allow the team of Rajasthan Police to enter the resort for some time. They were allowed to enter the resort only after the MLAs were moved out using a secret door.
Posted By: Shashikant Sharma