Crisis deepens for Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot as revolt brews within Congress

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The crisis faced by the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan has deepened with a revolt brewing in the state unit of the Congress.

According to reports, state party chief and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, has landed in Delhi with the MLAs supporting him to show his strength. Though he sought an appointment with interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi, he has not been given time yet.

Zee News reported that speculations are rife that Pilot is planning to take some drastic decisions but he wants to meet the party high command before taking a final call. Pilot was miffed with chief minister Ashok Gehold after he was served a notice seeking his availability for recording his statement in connection with the alleged attempts to topple the government.

The notice by the special operation group of Rajasthan police was also sent to the chief minister, the government chief whip and about 13 MLAs, including Pilot loyalist minister Ramesh Meena. The notice was served on the basis of the conversation between a few criminals intercepted by the police.

The chief minister had termed this as part of a plot by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to topple his government. Gehlot had, on Saturday, said that the BJP was offering upto “Rs 15 crore” to legislators to switch side and topple his government in the state.

The Chief Minister had alleged that Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria, Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore and BJP state president Satish Poonia were executing the agenda of their party's central leadership.

Meanwhile, Gehlot has called a meeting of all Congress MLAs and ministers at 9 pm on Sunday, July 12, according to a Times Now report.

Earlier on Sunday, several ministers and MLAs visited Gehlot's residence in Jaipur to convey support to him and express confidence in his leadership. Revenue Minister Harish Choudhary, Labour Minister Tikaram Jully, Health Minister Raghu Sharma were among those who visited Gehlot's residence.

In the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, the Congress has 107 MLAs and has the support of independent MLAs and legislators of other parties like Rashtriya Lok Dal, CPI (M) and Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP), taking its tally to 125. The BJP has 72 legislators and is supported by three MLAs of RSLP (with inputs from agencies)

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