Jaipur / New Delhi. Amid a political storm in the ruling Congress in Rajasthan, the party has called a meeting of the legislature party again on Tuesday in which it is expected to join Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and his supporting legislators.
However, sources close to the pilot say that the chairman of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee is firm on its rebel stand against the state Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. However, the Congress top leadership is in touch with him as part of his efforts to convince Pilot.
Sources say that senior Congress leaders have spoken to Pilot and told him not to rebel against the Chief Minister. They have also been assured to overcome their concerns. According to sources, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi have spoken to the pilot. Along with this, Ahmed Patel, P Chidambaram and KC Venugopal have also contacted him.
A Congress leader said that in conversation with senior party leaders, Sachin Pilot has been assured of resolving any issues. However, this conversation has not been confirmed by Sachin Pilot or any leader close to him.
Meanwhile, leaders close to Sachin Pilot questioned Gehlot's claim in which the Chief Minister had spoken for majority. However, he dismissed speculation about Pilot joining the BJP.
Asked if Pilot is considering setting up a new party, MLA Deepender Singh Shekhawat said, “So far, we have not thought anything but we will not go with the BJP.” We are only talking about leadership change. ''
Ladnun MLA Mukesh Bhaskar tweeted, “Loyalty in Congress means Ashoka Gehlot's slavery.” This is not acceptable to us. ”After Pilot openly rebelled, Congress convened a legislature party meeting in Jaipur on Monday morning, but Pilot and his supporters did not reach the legislator.
In this meeting, faith was expressed under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and expressed support for Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. The Congress later claimed that the Gehlot government had the support of 190 legislators.
This was an important meeting in view of Deputy Chief Minister and Party President Sachin Pilot adopting the rebel attitude, in which the MLAs demanded strict disciplinary action against those involved in anti-government and anti-party activities, whether they are officials or members of the legislative party.
Deputy Chief Minister Pilot and MLAs considered close to him did not attend the meeting.
The resolution states, 'Congress Legislature Party expresses faith and trust in the leadership of party president Sonia Gandhi, party leader Rahul Gandhi. This meeting expresses unanimous support in the Congress government led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Along with this, condemning the Congress Party and all undemocratic elements that weaken the Congress Government in the state, if any party official or MLA is found involved in such activities, then take strict disciplinary action against him. Should be known However, the pilot was not directly named during this period.
Surjewala gave this information to reporters on Monday night. He said, “There will be another meeting of the Congress Legislature Party tomorrow at ten o'clock.” Amidst the entire development, party leaders say that after Jyotiraditya Sidhiya leaves Congress, Rahul Gandhi does not want to let the other young leader from the party, who is considered close to him.
Sources said that due to pressure from Rahul Gandhi, Surjewala openly appealed to the pilot to attend the meeting. According to Congress sources, more than 100 MLAs who have expressed their support for the Gehlot government have been kept at the Fair Mont Hotel in Jaipur.
Earlier, the Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Once again we are sending Sachin Pilot, all the MLAs also in writing … to request him to come and discuss the political situation.” How to strengthen Rajasthan – discuss this. If there is any disagreement with a particular person, then say that with an open mind, the Congress leadership … Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are fully ready to listen to everyone and find a solution. ”
He said, “We said that the doors of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are open to all MLAs including Sachin Pilot. They should come with an open mind and discuss any differences, the central leadership will discuss and resolve.” Sources close to Pilot rejected the Gehlot government's claim to have a majority, saying that majority proves in the Assembly, not at the Chief Minister's residence.
Pilot claimed on Sunday evening that he had more than 30 MLAs with him and the Ashok Gehlot government was in a minority. On the other hand, transporting Congress MLAs to the Fairmont Hotel by buses is a sign that the crisis is not over yet. Party sources say that these MLAs will probably stay there till the current crisis is resolved.
Significantly, the Rajasthan Police Special Task Force (SOG) has given notice to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and the Chief Whip of the Government Mahesh Joshi on the charges of attempting to destabilize the elected Congress government of the state by luring legislators. Was released. The SOG had filed an FIR in this regard only on Friday.
It was only after this notice that Sachin Pilot's displeasure came to the fore and political turmoil began in Rajasthan. The SOG filed a case on Friday in connection with allegations of horse-trading in the state and destabilizing the elected government based on the facts revealed by the monitoring of two mobile numbers. According to SOG officials, it appears from the conversations on these numbers that the ruling party MLAs are being lured to topple the state government.