Here is what we know so far —
What is the issue between Pilot and Gehlot
- The current flashpoint between the two, Pilot and Gehlot, in Rajasthan was a probe ordered by the state police into “poaching” of MLAs and a notice sent to Pilot, which has not gone well with him.
- The Rajasthan police issued notices to Gehlot and his deputy Pilot to record their statement in connection with the alleged attempts to topple their Congress government, sources said on Saturday.
- Rajasthan police’s Special Operations Group (SOG) on Saturday charged two persons with sedition and criminal conspiracy for trying to topple the state government by allegedly indulging in horse-trading of MLAs. The police also sent a notice to government chief whip Mahesh Joshi to record his statement.
- The SOG claimed that it had intercepted phone conversation of the two men charged with sedition, while probing an arms deal case in June and found that they were talking about BJP’s alleged plans to topple the Gehlot government.
- Gehlot on Saturday accused the opposition BJP of trying to topple his government by offering his legislators large sums of money and said his administration is not just stable but will complete its five-year term.
- The BJP had asked Gehlot to prove his allegation of horse-trading levelled against it or quit politics and claimed he was targeting the opposition party as he was unable the check the infighting in the state Congress.
Sad to see my erstwhile colleague too being sidelined and presecuted: Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sachin Pilot
- “Sad to see my erstwhile colleague, Sachin Pilot too, being sidelined and persecuted by Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. Shows that talent and capability find little credence in the Congress,” BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted.
Government is stable and will last its full term: Congress
- All Congress MLAs in touch with me. The state government is stable and will last its full term Trying to reach out to Sachin Pilot. I have left messages for him, said Congress general secretary in-charge for Rajasthan Avinash Pande.
Notice sent to others as well; not appropriate to present it differently: Gehlot
- The chief minister, deputy chief minister, chief whip, some other ministers and MLAs have received notices from SOG to record their statements in connection with Congress Legislative Party’s complaint regarding horse-trading by BJP. Some media houses are presenting it differently, it is not appropriate, Gehlot tweeted.
- Chief minister calls a meeting of party MLAs and ministers in Jaipur tonight.
‘The letter sent to Pilot crossed all limits, was meant to humiliate him’
- Sources close to Sachin Pilot on Sunday said the letter asking the deputy chief minister to appear for questioning in a probe into alleged attempts to destabilize his own government has “crossed all limits” and made it “untenable” for those MLAs supporting him to work under Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
- The MLAs supporting Pilot cannot stand the repeated undermining of Pilot, also the state PCC chief, by the Gehlot camp and the letter by the police’s special operations group (SOG) sent to the deputy chief minister was to “humiliate him”, sources told PTI.
Worried for our party: Kapil Sibal tweets
- On Sunday afternoon, Kapil Sibal took to Twitter and publicly expressed concern over party affairs. He wrote: “Worried for our party. Will we wake up only after the horses have bolted from our stables ?”
- Sibal’s tweet came in the backdrop of Pilot arriving in New Delhi on Sunday and is said to be scheduled for a meeting with interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Rajasthan assembly in numbers
- In the assembly of 200 seats, the Congress has 106 MLAs, including six who defected to the party from the BSP last year. The party enjoys the support of 12 of the 13 Independent MLAs in the state, out of which 3 have pulled back earlier this morning. Along with this, 2 tribal MLAs, 1 RJD MLA are supporting the Congress, and 2 CPI(M) MLAs are providing outside support to the Gehlot-led camp. On the other hand, BJP has 72 MLAs along with RLP which has 3 MLAs.
- As per reports, 22 MLAs who support Pilot are currently lodged in different Delhi hotels and three Independents have already pulled back. If these 25 MLAs defect from the state government, the halfway mark for the assembly will come down to 88. The BJP with 72 MLAs would still fall short to stake a claim.