Addressing the press about the ongoing political turmoil in Rajasthan, Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said that he and congress leader Ajay Maken, have spoken to numerous people to understand the issues and everything is under control. The presser was held after the Congress legislative party meeting in Jaipur.
He also added that in the last 72 hours the Congress leadership has spoken with deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, a number of times regarding the current political situation in the state.
He addressed the political dispute as a ‘family problem’ and iterated that the solution will come within the family only. He also slammed all rumours of Pilot leaving the party. There has been no communication from Sachin pilot on any social media platforms or official written communication, hence it is wrong to attribute anything to him, especially about leaving the party, he said.
He affirmed that the Congress government in Rajasthan is strong and has the full support of all its MLAs.
As per sources, almost 100 MLAs were present for the Congress legislative party meeting in Jaipur on Monday morning at 1030 am. This leaves Sachin Pilot with less than 10 MLAs in support.
The political crisis deepens in Rajasthan as CM Ashok Gehlot has alleged the BJP of conspiring to topple his government by indulging in horse-trading. BJP, however, has denied the allegations.
In another turn of events, Rajasthan Income tax department has conducted raids at multiple location in Rajasthan. The house and office of two Congress leaders Rajiv Arora and Dharmendra Rathore close aides of CM Ashok Gehlot, are also being investigated.
Meanwhile, Congress party claimed that they have the support of 109 MLAs. Rajasthan Congress has issued a whip to MLAs, who do not attend the Congress legislation party meeting today.The Congress Legislative Party has issued a whip to its MLAs to attend a meeting on Monday in Jaipur and they will face disciplinary action if the legislators absent themselves without mentioning a reason, Rajasthan Congress in-charge Avinash Pande had said.
The decision to issue a whip was taken after a meeting at Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s residence on Sunday which was attended by around 75 MLAs including ministers.
After the meeting, Pande addressed a press conference in the early hours today along with party colleague Randeep Surjewala and Ajay Maken, who had reached Jaipur late on Sunday night. The two leaders have been sent by the Congress high command, as central observers to save the party’s government in the state.
Gehlot has blamed the BJP for attempting to destabilise the State government by poaching Congress MLAs, which has been denied by the BJP, while Pilot is camping in Delhi to speak to the party leadership regarding the political turmoil in the State.
A controversy broke out in Rajasthan after Special Operation Group (SOG) sent a notice to Sachin Pilot to record his statement in the case registered by SOG in the alleged poaching of Congress MLAs in the state.
As per sources, as many as 30 Congress MLAs and some independent legislators who are in touch with Sachin Pilot have pledged their support to him and have vouched to stand by whatever decision he takes.
The Congress Legislation Party meeting is underway in Jaipur.
(With Inputs from ANI)
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