Rajasthan Crisis LIVE Updates: As the political slugfest in Rajasthan reaches the doors of the high court, chief minister Ashok Gehlot will address the media at 9am followed by his party colleague and senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala’s comment on the crisis in the state triggered by the rebellion of sacked deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot. Pilot, who boasts of 18 MLAs in his camp, yesterday moved the high court, challenging notices from the Rajasthan Speaker over a Congress move to disqualify them from the state assembly. The matter is scheduled to be heard before a division bench of the Rajasthan High Court today.
Their petition first came up before the court of Justice Satish Chandra Sharma at about 3pm yesterday but the dissidents’ advocate Harish Salve sought time to file a fresh plea. At 5pm, the dissident camp submitted an amended petition and the court referred it Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty, for the appointment of a two-judge bench. Congress chief whip Mahesh Joshi’s counsel said the matter will be heard at about 7.30pm, but the bench did not assemble then. The hearing was then put off to Friday, the counsel said. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is also a Congress leader, is representing the Speaker’s office. Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi, who have represented the BJP-led government at the Centre in the past, are the lawyers for the Pilot camp.
Randeep Singh Surjewala Speaks in Rajasthan |Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala says in Rajasthan – “BJP has played a role many times in horse trading. It’s clear that instead of battling the China issue, and coronavirus pandemic, BJP wants to wrestle power politically, as much as it can.”
AAP On Rajasthan Crisis |Amid the political turmoil in Rajasthan, the AAP on Thursday sought to project itself as an alternative, saying the Congress is on “ventilator” and is unlikely to survive while accusing the political parties of playing “dirty politics” at a time when the focus should be on battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
The story begins a couple of months ago. A list was being drawn up of who could be the new faces of general secretaries when the Congress goes in for an organisational reshuffle. One name which was ‘pushed’ was that of Sachin Pilot. When Pilot got whiff of it, he resisted strongly making it clear that Rajasthan is where he would want to be. “I have walked the roads and streets of the states for over four years and won’t give it away for a shift to Delhi.”Read more here.
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‘Can’t Betray a Party Which Gave Pilot Everything’: Gehlot |Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, in an exclusive interview to News18, said – “Sachin Pilot should not betray a party which has given him everything. Pilot was unaware of ground realities so he indulged in such a thing. It’s not wrong to be ambitious but to play foul is wrong.”
‘Pilot Wanted to Join BJP’: Ashok Gehlot |Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, in an exclusive interview to News18, said – “He (Sachin Pilot) should have resolved this matter within the party forum but now nothing is left. Pilot wanted to join BJP but did not have sufficient numbers. I am not against Sachin Pilot and Rahul Gandhi knows this, even if he decides to come back I will hug him with love, I have been seeing him since he was only 3 years old and I was an MP.”
CM Gehlot in Exclusive Interview |Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, in an exclusive interview to News18, said – “I have not been speaking to Sachin Pilot for the last year and a half as he has been conspiring against my government ever since we were elected. I have got proof of how they indulged in horse trading during the Rajya Sabha polls and they are even trying to do the same now.”
‘Doors Still Open for Pilot’: Congress Sources |Even as a section of leaders within the Congress feels that Sachin Pilot has “gone too far”, especially after he took the party to court over the disqualification issue, sources on Thursday said the top party leadership is still keeping the “doors open” for the rebel leader, and has also asked Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot to not make critical comments against his former deputy.
Amid Raj Crisis, 32 Chhattisgarh Congress Leaders Get Key Posts |The Congress government in Chhattisgarh on Thursday appointed 32 party leaders, including four MLAs and some former lawmakers, to top positions of various boards, corporations and commissions in the state. The development, which comes amid the political crisis in Rajasthan, is being viewed by the opposition BJP as an effort to pacify MLAs.
‘Autopilot Vs Fighter Pilot’ |Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Thursday described the power tussle going on between Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot as a fight between “autopilot” and a “fighter pilot”.