Rajasthan political crisis: Sachin Pilot says not joining BJP

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Former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, who was removed as the president of Congress’ state unit, said that he is not going to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

 

The Congress yesterday announced that Sachin Pilot has been removed as Rajasthan deputy CM and PCC chief.

This came soon after Pilot and his loyalist MLAs stayed away from the CLP meeting in jaipur. 

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Congress communication in-charge Randeep Surjewala alleged that Sachin Pilot plotted with the BJP to topple the Congress government in Rajasthan.

"I am not joining the BJP. I would like to make it clear that I have no plans to join the BJP. The BJP link is an attempt to malign me in the eyes of the Gandhis," he said

"I am still a member of the Congress party. All I can say at the moment is that I will continue to work for my people.," he added.

Rajasthan has been facing a political crisis after Pilot, along with his supporters, left the state leaving the Congress government led by Gehlot in a lurch. 

Pilot claimed that after his leaving, the Gehlot government has come in minority and sought a floor test.

According to the Hindustan Times report, the party immediately deputed to senior leaders to resolve the crisis and bring Pilot and the other rebels back into the fold. But all the efforts were futile and Pilot did not attend the two CLP meetings called by the party on Monday and Tuesday.

Subsequently, Congress dismissed Pilot as deputy chief minister, sacked him as the state unit president of the party, removed two of his loyalists from the cabinet, accused his camp of “conspiring” with the BJP to destabilise the government, and contended that its government has numbers.

On Tuesday, 101 legislators - in an assembly of 200 - attended the CLP meeting at the Fairmont hotel on the outskirts of Jaipur, which included 10 independent legislators and two from Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) and one from the Communist Party of India (Marxist); the other CPIM legislator was unwell. 

 

With inputs from media reports

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