Rajasthan Congress MLAs during legislature party meeting on Tuesday. (Credits: ANI)
NEW DELHI: The crisis in Rajasthan started on Saturday with
deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot
raising the banner of revolt after state police sent him notice to join an investigation into horse-trading of MLAs. On Tuesday, Congress sacked Pilot after two days of trying to reconcile with the rebellious leader.
Here are the latest developments:
* Congress party on Tuesday sacked Sachin Pilot as Rajasthan deputy chief minister and as chief of party's state unit, a day after it had said that party's doors will remain open in an attempt to make Pilot come back.
* Following Congress making the official announcement, Pilot took to Twitter and wrote: Truth can be disturbed, not defeated.
* Congress also removed Pilot's loyalists Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena from the state cabinet.
* Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said education minister Govind Singh Dotasara will be the new Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief.
* Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot met Governor Kalraj Mishra immediately after Tuesday's Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting where the decision to remove the three ministers was taken.
* Sources said Gehlot briefed the Governor on recent developments in the state, caught in the grip of a power struggle between him and Pilot.
* Surjewala said, Sachin Pilot enjoyed the affection and blessings of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and was given political power at a young age. "Yet, he and other ministers were trying to topple the state government as part of a BJP conspiracy", said Surjewala.
* A CLP meeting was held on Monday as well, at Gehlot's residence in Jaipur, which Pilot alongwith his 20 loyalists had skipped. Following Monday's CLP meeting Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had spoken to Pilot but to no avail.
* A team of senior Congress leaders sent to Jaipur had appealed to Pilot to call off his rebellion but he had made it clear that the overtures were insufficient and measures such as a rejig of portfolios and assurances on his tenure as state chief were not enough. Pilot was not ready to settle merely for assurance of grievance redressal and had been consistent about being put at par with Gehlot.
* Till Monday, chief minister Gehlot's camp insisted that they have the support of 109-MLAs, 16 less than before. The Rajasthan Assembly is 200-strong.
* Late night, a video was uploaded on Pilot’s official WhatsApp group showing around 16-17 MLAs, who skipped the CLP meeting, seated together. Sources close to Pilot said the video was from a hotel in Manesar.