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Rajasthan Political Crisis LIVE Updates: All options open, says Rajasthan BJP chief on party supporting Sachin Pilot

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Rajasthan Political Crisis LIVE Updates: All options open, says Rajasthan BJP chief on party supporting Sachin Pilot

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11:09 (ist)

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Sachin Pilot not joining BJP, claim reports

Rajasthan deputy CM Sachin Pilot will not join the BJP, reports claimed, after he announced on Sunday that he has 30 MLAs from the state supporting him. His close aide told Hindustan Times that he is not meeting any leaders from the saffron party.

Meanwhile, sources told News18 that Pilot may float his own party, likely to be named Pragatisheel Congress and a formal announcement will be issued after the CLP meeting.

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July 13, 2020 - 22:10 (IST)

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Bharatiya Tribal Party is supporting us, says Congress

"All I know is that Bharataiya Tribal Party's MLAs are with us. Both the MLAs are supporting the Congress party. They were present at the legislative party meeting earlier today and they are present here as well," said Chetan Dudi, Secretary, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee according to News18.

July 13, 2020 - 21:42 (IST)

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Congress MLAs to meet at 10 am tomorrow

Congress Rajasthan legislators are scheduled to meet at 10 am on Tuesday, party leader and spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

July 13, 2020 - 21:25 (IST)

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Surjewala says have requested Sachin Pilot to attend CLP meeting tomorrow

Congress leader RS Surjewala on Monday said that the party had requested Sachin Pilot to attend the CLP meeting on Tuesday.

"To discuss political situation another Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meet will be held here at 10 am tomorrow. We request Sachin Pilot and all MLAs to come, we'll also give them in writing. We've requested them to come and discuss the situation," he said.

July 13, 2020 - 20:58 (IST)

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Rajasthan youth Congress leader slams Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan Youth Congress President Mukesh Bhakar was quoted by News18 as saying, "If alive, it is necessary to look alive/ It is necessary to defend your principles. Loyalty in Congress means being slaves to Ashoka Gehlot. That is not acceptable to us."

July 13, 2020 - 20:24 (IST)

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Bharatiya Tribal Party tells MLAs to refrain from voting

The Bharatiya Tribal Party told its two legislators in the Rajasthan Assembly "to refrain from voting in favour of neither the BJP nor Congress during floor test," News18 reported.

July 13, 2020 - 20:07 (IST)

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BJP says Congress govt functioning in 'chaotic' manner

Rajasthan BJP chief Satish Poonia said that the state Congress government was functioning in a "chaotic" manner, amid the political tussle in the state.

July 13, 2020 - 19:57 (IST)

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BJP says Congress 'always' sidelined young leaders

BJP leader Satish Poonia on Monday said that that young leaders have always been "neglected and side-lined" in the Congress. "Sachin Pilot had worked for five years to strengthen the Congress but he was neglected. What is happening in the Congress today is a result of infighting," the BJP leader said.

July 13, 2020 - 19:16 (IST)

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Congress govt should go, says Rajasthan BJP

 
The Congress government in Rajasthan should go as it has lost the confidence of people, said BJP state president Satish Poonia. "The Congress government has lost people's confidence. It should go in public interest. The government failed to keep its promises made to people," Poonia told reporters. Poonia said that young leaders have always been "neglected and side-lined" in the Congress. "Pilot had worked for five years to strengthen the Congress but he was neglected", Poonia added. What is happening in the Congress today is a result of infighting, the BJP leader said.
 
 
Asked about speculations that the BJP may support the Pilot camp from outside, Poonia said that "we have all options open" and a decision would be taken based on how the situation evolve and as per the directions of the central leadership. 
 
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July 13, 2020 - 19:09 (IST)

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In Pictures: Congress MLAs at Jaipur hotel

July 13, 2020 - 19:01 (IST)

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Bharatiya Tribal Party asks its MLAs to refrain from voting, says report

 
According to News18, the Bharatiya Tribal Party has instructed its two MLAs in the Rajasthan Assembly to refrain from voting. It has reportedly told them to vote  neither in the favour of the BJP nor Congress if a  floor test takes place.

Rajasthan Political Crisis LATEST Updates: Asked about speculations that the BJP may support the Pilot camp from outside, Rajasthan BJP president Satish Poonia told PTI that "we have all options open" and a decision would be taken based on how the situation evolves and as per the directions of the central leadership.

 

20 MLAs didn't attend the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting held at Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot's residence on Monday, ANI reported.

Two of the resolutions passed at the recently-concluded CLP meeting were that "This ripping off of democracy by BJP is insult to 8 crore people of Rajasthan, they'll not accept it. CLP meet expresses its confidence in Congress president Sonia Gandhi and leader Rahul Gandhi, and unanimously supports the government led by Ashok Gehlot."

"This meeting urges that strict disciplinary action be taken against any office bearer or member of Legislative Party who indulges in activities against the Congress government, party or gets involved in any conspiracy."

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala on Monday claimed that the Congress government in Rajasthan is stable. 'The Congress government will complete five years in Rajasthan. However hard the BJP tries, it won't be able to topple the elected government,' Surjewala said

Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar on Monday called Sachin Pilot a "sincere Congressmen" and expressed his confidence that the Rajasthan deputy chief minister would not quit the party.

Gathering at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's Jaipur home in a show of force to prove their majority amid the Rajasthan political crisis, Congress MLAs on Monday flashed the victory sign.

BJP's Uma Bharti said she holds Rahul Gandhi responsible for what's happening in Rajasthan. He doesn't allow young leaders in Congress to grow, Uma claimed. She added that Rahul would feel "left behind" if educated and able leaders such as Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot get high posts in the grand old party.

Randeep Singh Surjewala appealed to MLAs to let the party lead a stable government in the state. He also said that the Congress leadership has spoken to Sachin Pilot about the prevailing political situation a number of times of the last 48 hours.

Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Sunday declared open rebellion, claiming that the Ashok Gehlot government is in minority now as over 30 Congress MLAs are supporting him.

In a statement, the state Congress chief also said he will not attend the Congress Legislature Party meeting scheduled to be held Monday. Pilot says Ashok Gehlot in minority after over 30 Congress and some independent MLAs have pledged support, the statement on his official WhatsApp group said.

His statement surfaced just as ministers and Congress MLAs were gathering at Gehlot's official residence in the state capital for a meeting, meant to express support to the chief minister amid the power tussle between the two leaders.

Soon after Pilot's announcement, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the party remained intact and the government will complete its five-year term.

Surjewala and AICC general secretary Avinash Pande were in Jaipur to attend Sunday's meeting at the CM's residence and legislature party meeting on Monday as observers. Ajay Maken was also headed there, as the Congress tries to avert the loss of another state after Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

Party leaders were a huddle at the CM's residence till late at night after Pilot's announcement. Gehlot and other leaders are said to be in touch with allies and independent MLAs supporting the government, hoping to ensure at Monday's meeting that the Congress government had the numbers to retain power.

Pilot had been incommunicado for about two days. The All India Congress Committee general secretary in-charge of the state, Avinash Pande, said he had been trying to get in touch with the leader. "I have left messages for him," he told PTI.

Pilot's supporters said he was camping in Delhi and was upset over a notice sent to him by the Rajasthan Police, who claimed to have stumbled on a plot to topple the Congress government. The notice from the Special Operations Group had (SOG) sought time from him to record a statement.

The same notice was also sent to Gehlot, Government Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi and some other MLAs, but those close to Pilot insisted that it was meant to humiliate him.

Sunday's meeting at the CM's official residence was scheduled to take place at 9 pm. Minutes later, Pilot's statement surfaced. Independent MLAs supporting the Gehlot government had also been invited in what was planned to be a show of strength for Gehlot.

Gehlot had alleged Saturday that the opposition BJP was trying to lure Congress MLAs to topple the state government. The BJP dismissed the claim, saying the recent developments only reflected a power struggle between Gehlot and Pilot, simmering since the Congress leadership in Delhi picked the more senior politician for the CM's post.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal had tweeted his concern during the day. "Worried for our party. Will we wake up only after the horses have bolted from our stables?" he asked.

Sports Minister Ashok Chandna had even urged MLAs to learn a lesson from what happened in Madhya Pradesh, where Jyotiraditya Scindia switched over to the BJP. "Any person who crosses the party line will not be respected anywhere in the world. This is not the time to lose the respect earned over generations," Chandna said, without naming anyone.

But as the drama unfolded, Scindia himself put out a tweet saying he was sad to see Pilot being sidelined in his party.

Hours before the scheduled meeting at the CM's residence, Revenue Minister Harish Choudhary, Labour Minister Tikaram Jully, Health Minister Raghu Sharma and several other MLAs met Gehlot. "We have faith in the leadership of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and we have expressed this to him," Independent MLA Babulal Nagar told reporters.

Sports Minister Ashok Chandna urged party MLAs to take a lesson from the recent developments in Madhya Pradesh, where Jyotiraditiya Scindia switched sides. "Any person who crosses the party line will not be respected anywhere in the world. This is not the time to lose the respect earned over generations," Chandna said, without naming anyone.

In a tweet Sunday, Gehlot stressed that the police notices had gone to several people, including him. He did not name Pilot, but said a section of the media had interpreted the notices wrongly. The notices have been issued to the chief minister, the deputy chief minister, the government chief whip and some other MLAs. It is a part of the process, SOG Additional Director General Ashok Rathore told PTI on Sunday. He said as the investigation proceeds, others could also be issued notices.

Apart from the SOG inquiry, the state's Anti Corruption Bureau has also begun a probe into the alleged bid to bring down the government.

The Congress government has distanced itself from the three independent MLAs - Khushveer Singh, Omprakash Hudla and Suresh Tak - who were named in ACB's preliminary enquiry (PE).

Earlier, the government had the support of all 13 independent MLAs, who also voted for the Congress candidates in the Rajya Sabha elections last month. At a press conference Saturday, Gehlot had cited the FIR lodged by the SOG to accuse the BJP of trying to bring down his government and cited the FIR registered by the SOG.

The FIR is based on an alleged tapped phone conversation between two men, said to be BJP members, who were later arrested.

In the present 200-member assembly, the Congress has 107 members and the BJP 72.

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