Congress MLAs, some independents pledge support to Sachin Pilot

Henrietta Strickland
July 13, 2020

Scindia left the Congress--a party he and before that, his father, had always been associated with--for the BJP in March this year because of increasing rifts with senior Congress leader and then chief minister Kamal Nath. "But ever since Scindia joined the BJP along with his supporters, both Pilot and Scindia have been in regular telephonic contact".

According to sources close to the news agency ANI, the deputy chief minister has the support of almost 30 Congress MLAs along with many independent legislators. Sources say its leaders are in contact with Pilot.

This comes a day after Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot alleged that BJP was indulging in horse-trading ahead of the 10 June Rajya Sabha elections.

Amid the political crisis in Rajasthan, the ruling Congress on Monday claimed that it had the support of 109 MLAs who had expressed their "trust and support" to the government led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and reposed "full confidence" in the leadership of AICC president Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi.

According to News18, Pilot has reached Delhi with some of his loyalist MLAs, including three Independents, on Sunday and is likely to meet the state Congress leadership. The statement issued by Lokendra Singh, who manages media relations for Pilot, also said, "Rajasthan Deputy CM & Congress leader Sachin Pilot not to attend Congress Legislative Party meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow".

Many of Pilot's supporters feel indignation and told Pilot that they can not work with Ashok Gehlot. Also, Pilot is unlikely to attend the meeting called by Gehlot today, according to sources. "You saw this in Goa, Madhya Pradesh and the north-eastern states", Gehlot told NDTV.

"Congress is strongly working together". Even with regard to the anti-COVID-19 measures taken by the Rajasthan government, Gehlot and Pilot appeared to be carrying out parallel efforts.

Meanwhile, BJP Rajasthan unit President Satish Poonia rejected claims by the Congress that the BJP was behind the present political uncertainty in the state.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot accused the opposition BJP of trying to topple his government by offering his legislators large sums of money.

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

"Sad to see my erstwhile colleague, Sachin Pilot too, being sidelined and persecuted by Rajasthan CM, Ashok Gehlot".

In his press conference, Gehlot referred to an FIR being lodged in the matter of BJP's attempts to poach Congress MLAs, based on an intercepted conversation between two leaders allegedly affiliated to the BJP. "Shows that talent and capability find little credence in the Congress", tweeted Scindia, who quit Congress in March to join BJP.

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