In an exclusive conversation with Aaj Tak and India Today, Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot said he will not be attending the legislative meet called by CM Ashok Gehlot in Jaipur on Monday.
File photo of Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot (Photo Credits: PTI)
Amidst the uncertainty surrounding Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s Congress government in Rajasthan, the office of Sachin Pilot released a statement on Sunday.
The statement goes on to say that Rajasthan Deputy CM and Congress leader Sachin Pilot will not be attending the Congress legislative party meeting scheduled to be held on July 13. The statement added that the Ashok Gehlot government is in minority.
Sachin Pilot confirmed the same in an exclusive conversation with Aaj Tak and India Today on Sunday. “I will not go the legislative meeting. MLAs are with me,” Sachin Pilot said indicating that he will not be going to Jaipur.
Pilot also told Aaj Tak and India Today that he did not get a chance to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the party’s former chief Rahul Gandhi during his visit to New Delhi on Sunday.
Sources say that over 30 Congress MLAs in Rajasthan along with a few independents have pledged their support to Sachin Pilot while reports also hint that as many as 27 MLAs are in touch with the BJP. It is also coming to light that MLAs who support Sachin Pilot’s claim against CM Ashok Gehlot’s can send their resignations to the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker later tonight but before the Congress legislative meeting on Monday morning.
A meeting of Congress MLAs and independent legislators who support Ashok Gehlot’s government is underway at the Rajasthan CM’s official residence. The party’s national leadership also dispatched senior leaders Ajay Maken, Randeep Surjewala and Rajasthan Congress Pradesh Commitee (RPCC) chief Avinash Pande to take part in this meet.
During a press conference at CM Gehlot’s residence in Jaipur earlier today, Congress MLAs Rohit Bohra, Chetan Dudi and Danish Abrar told reporters that they were in Delhi for personal reasons. “We are the soldiers of Congress and will be with the party till our last breath,” MLA from Rajakhera in Dholpur, Rohit Bohra said.
As per statements issued by Ashok Gehlot, the Rajasthan CM claims to have the support of 100 MLAs.
(With inputs from Himansu Mishra)