Rajasthan political crisis LIVE updates: As the country is combatting coronavirus pandemic, a new political crisis has erupted in Rajasthan. CM Ashok Gehlot has alleged the BJP of conspiring to topple his government by indulging in horse-trading, a charge denied by the opposition party. Meanwhile, claiming that the party has support of 109 MLAs, Rajasthan Congress has issued whip to MLAs for CLP meeting today
It is reportedly said that there are some ego clashes going on between Gehlot and Sachin.
The leaders admit that there is “deep distrust” between the two, manifested multiple times in the last one-and-a-half years. Referring to Scindia’s exit in MP, a former Union minister and AICC general secretary went to the extent of saying that “nothing is guaranteed in such situations”.
The tussle between Gehlot and Pilot began much before the Congress came to power in Rajasthan in December 2018. The feud came to the fore during candidate selection for the Assembly elections, too, and escalated when the high command decided to give the experienced Gehlot a third shot at Chief Ministership, with an eye on the Lok Sabha elections around the corner.
This move comes four months after Congress government in Madhya Pradesh was toppled by Pilot’s peer – Jyotiraditya Scindia and 22 MLAs who resigned from their posts.
The tussle between Congress and BJP began last month in the run-up to Rajya Sabha elections, with the former levelling similar allegations of horsetrading against the latter. However, both the Congress candidates, KC Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi, had won the Rajya Sabha polls, while the BJP had managed to secure one seat for Rajendra Gehlot in the Rajya Sabha polls. In the assembly of 200, the Congress has 107 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, while BJP has 72 MLAs and RLP has 3 MLAs.