TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Jul 15, 2020, 21:18 IST
NEW DELHI: The ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan took a dramatic turn on Wednesday after former Rajasthan deputy chief minister
said that he is not going to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (
) asserting that he had worked hard to defeat the saffron party and bring the
back to power in Rajasthan. The crisis in Rajasthan started on Saturday with Sachin Pilot raising the banner of revolt after state police sent him notice to join an investigation into horse trading of MLAs.
Here are the latest developments:
Senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala asked dissident leader Sachin pilot to stop accepting a BJP government's “hospitality” if he does not wish to join that party and "return home" in Jaipur to discuss grievances. Rajasthan speaker has issued notices to Sachin Pilot and 18 other rebel Congress MLAs after the party sought their disqualification from the state assembly. Surjewala also repeated the party's appeal to Pilot, asking him to “come back to the family”. Meanwhile, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot accused Sachin Pilot of involvement in horse trading with the BJP to topple his government in the state. Congress on Wednesday dissolved its all district and block committees in Rajasthan in a bid to revamp the state unit of the party. Announcing the decision, AICC general secretary in-charge for the Rajasthan Congress Avinash Pande said new committees will be formed soon. Pilot was removed from the posts of the Rajasthan deputy chief minister and the state Congress president on Tuesday amid a tussle for power with Gehlot. Sachin Pilot was on Tuesday sacked as deputy chief minister and the state Congress president after he did not show up at the Congress Legislature Party meetings. Two other ministers in the Pilot camp were also dropped from the Cabinet. A total of 59 office bearers of the Tonk unit of the Congress resigned on Tuesday, after the removal of Sachin Pilot as the Rajasthan deputy chief minister and state Congress chief. The party has also issued a gag order, saying no Congress member can communicate with the media without the permission of the newly appointed state unit chief. The Gehlot government is said to have the support of around 105 MLAs, a claim rejected by the Pilot camp saying Congress is in minority as over 30 MLAs are with the ousted deputy chief minister.
With agency inputs
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