Gehlot herds MLAs to resort, Pilot rebuffs Congress overtures

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 13

Claiming the assist of 106 MLAs, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot right now appeared to have clinched the primary spherical of the continued recreation of nerves with Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, who continued to play hardball on Monday, rebuffing the Congress’ makes an attempt to placate him.

Edit: Sachin Pilot’s gamble

Gehlot got here out stronger this afternoon after a Congress Legislature Party assembly at his residence backed his authorities, demanding strict disciplinary motion towards any office-bearer or CLP member who labored towards the occasion pursuits or to weaken the state authorities. The Congress for its half spoke in contradictory voices on Pilot.

CLP decision seeks motion towards rebels

  • Unanimously helps Cong authorities in Rajasthan led by CM Ashok Gehlot
  • Demands motion towards any CLP member/office-bearer working to weaken the occasion
  • Blames the BJP for attempting to destabilise the Cong govt

On the one hand, occasion observer Randeep Surjewala appealed to the insurgent Deputy CM and his supporters to return and open a dialogue with the management, on the opposite the CLP decision focused Pilot with out naming him. Even as Gehlot herded Congress MLAs to a resort close to Jaipur after the CLP assembly right now, the Pilot camp continued to contest the CM’s claims on having the bulk and dared him to take the lawmakers to the Governor as a substitute of a resort. Leaders near Pilot maintained the assist of at the least 20 MLAs within the Assembly, the place the Congress has 107 MLAs at current plus the assist of allies and Independents, taking its tally to 122. A easy majority within the Rajasthan Assembly is 101 in a House of 200.

The Congress, in the meantime, labored all day to open channels of communication with Pilot, beginning with Surjewala asking the insurgent chief to attend the CLP assembly and saying Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s “doors are open” for him.

“Families have differences, but these differences must be resolved internally,” stated Surjewala to Pilot, including that non-public ambitions aren’t bigger than the state’s curiosity.

Although Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and P Chidambaram are learnt to have spoken to Pilot, the latter’s camp denied so. Congress sources have been nonetheless attempting to win Pilot again till tonight and felt he had overestimated his power. There was additionally speak that Pilot had yesterday met BJP’s Om Mathur with Jyotiraditya Scindia though the Pilot camp denied plans of becoming a member of the BJP.

Pilot’s future strikes would rely upon his bargaining energy with the BJP by way of the occasion MLAs he can wean away. He could also be mulling forming his personal occasion, stated Congress leaders. Meanwhile, the Congress has referred to as a gathering of its MLAs tomorrow.

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