Rajasthan Political Turmoil | Congress claims support of 109 MLAs, warns of action against those skipping CLP meet today
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Hours after Rajasthan deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot claimed that he has the support of 30 MLAs, saying that the Ashok Gehlot government is in a minority, the Congress has claimed that it has the support of 109 MLAs.
In a late night press briefing, the party said that 109 MLAs have signed a letter expressing their trust and support to the Ashok Gehlot government, adding that a whip has been issued to all party MLAs to attend the Congress Legislature Party meeting to be held on Monday.
The Congress also accused the BJP of trying to topple the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan, saying that it will not allow them to do what the saffron party did in Madhya Pradesh.
"109 MLAs have signed a letter expressing their trust and support to government led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and leadership of Sonia Gandhi ji and Rahul Gandhi ji. Few more MLAs had telephonic conversation with CM and they'll also sign letter of support till morning," news agency ANI quoted Rajasthan Congress in-charge Avinash Pande as saying.
"A whip has been issued to all party MLAs to be mandatorily present at Congress Legislature Party meeting to be held on Monday morning. Strict disciplinary action will be taken against any MLA who is absent without mentioning personal/special reason," Pande further said, as reported by ANI.
The statement from the Congress comes just hours after Rajasthan deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot claimed that he has support of 30 MLAs and some independent candidates, declaring a rebellion in the state. Pilot also declared that he will not attend the party meeting called by Chief Minister Ashopk Gehlot on Monday.
Sachin Pilot's revolt in Rajasthan comes barely months after Joytiraditya Scindia switched sides and joined the BJP, leading to the fall of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh.
Sachin Pilot in talks with the BJP?
According to media reports, Sachin Pilot is in talks with the BJP and will likely meet the saffron party's chief JP Nadda on Monday. The 42-year-old deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan had also met Joytiraditya Scindia on Sunday, fuelling speclations that he might join the BJP.
The Congress, meanwhile, has accused the BJP of trying to topple its government in Rajasthan. The BJP, however, dismissed the Congress' claim and said the developments only reflect a power struggle between Gehlot and Pilot. As per reports, the BJP will wait and watch how the situation will turn on Monday morning after the CLP meeting.
The Congress has 107 MLAs and the Gehlot government is supported by 10 Independent MLAs and two each from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Bharatiya Tribal Party while BJP has 72 seats in the 200-member Assembly.
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