Rajasthan Crisis LIVE Updates: Ahead of the Congress Legislature Party to be held in Jaipur today to iron out the power tussle between Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot, the Grand Old Party has claimed that it has the support of 109 MLAs. In a late-night press conference, senior Congress leaders rushed to the state to stem the crisis, said 109 MLAs had signed letter of support for the Gehlot government, even as Pilot claims to be backed by 30 leaders. Caught on the wrong foot, the Congress has issued a whip for its MLAs, warning of action if they skip today’s meeting.
Sources in the Congress said the party cannot afford to lose another state, as it has already lost Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh even after forming the government following assembly elections there. While the top Congress leadership was tight-lipped about the strategy for Rajasthan, some senior leaders said efforts were underway to keep all 107 MLAs together to avert any potential threat to the government in the wake of Pilot’s claims of support of 30 MLAs. The Congress is also assessing the future moves of Pilot and his bargaining power with the BJP, which the senior leaders alleged is the principal spoiler in the game.
After IT Raids, ED Starts Operations in Rajasthan |The Enforcement Directorate also conducted raids at several locations in the state, including at a five-star hotel in Jaipur, whose main investor Rathankant Sharma has previously been accused by BJP of aiding money laundering for Gehlot’s son Vaibhav.
Rajasthan News: PL Punia Issues Clarification | PL Punia, AICC General Secretary In-charge of Chhattisgarh, tweets clarification on his statement, “Sachin Pilot is now in BJP”. He said he meant to say “Scindia instead of Pilot.”
PL Punia, AICC General Secretary In-charge of Chhattisgarh, tweets clarification on his statement, “Sachin Pilot is now in BJP”pic.twitter.com/rq54wpQsFf
— ANI (@ANI)July 13, 2020
‘We Have Full Majority’: Congress MLA |Congress MLA Rajendra Singh Guda said the party has “full majority”. He was speaking outside Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot’s residence.
Congress Meeting at CM Gehlot’s Residence Starts |Over 90 MLAs at Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s residence in Jaipur, for Congress Legislative Party meeting. The meeting has started: Sources told ANI.
‘Pilot Was Rightful Candidate for Rajasthan CM Post’: BJP |Rajasthan BJP President Satish Punia says -“Sachin Pilot was the rightful candidate for the post of Rajasthan CM but Ashok Gehlot took the charge, a conflict in the party began since then. What’s happening today is the result of that conflict.”
Rajasthan News: ‘Pilot Not Joining BJP’ |Supporters of Sachin Pilot have stated that the Deputy CM still has the support of 30 MLAs and is not going to join BJP.
IT Dept Conducts Multiple Raids Across Rajasthan |The Income Tax Department conducting raids at multiple locations across the state.
Rajasthan: Income Tax Department conducting raid at Rajiv Arora’s Amrapali office in Jaipur. Rajiv Arora is a member of State Congress Office.pic.twitter.com/hVwU0WnEgX
— ANI (@ANI)July 13, 2020
PL Punia on Rajasthan Crisis | AICC general secretary in-charge of Chhattisgarh, PL Punia, said – “Sachin Pilot is now in Bharatiya Janata Party. Everyone knows BJP’s attitude towards Congress party. We don’t need a certificate from BJP. In Congress Party, all leaders and workers are respected.”
‘When Will ED Come?’ Surjewala Says |Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, after multiple IT raids being conducted on close confidants of CM Ashok Gehlot, said -After all, BJP’s lawyers came on the field. The Income Tax Department started raid in Jaipur. When will ED arrive?”
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— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala)July 13, 2020
More Pilot Supporter MLAs reach CM Gehlot’s Residence |MLA Sudarshan Singh Rawant, Prashant Bairwa, Danish Abraar, Rohit Bohra, reach CM Ashok Gehlot’s residence for the 10.30 CLP meeting.
IT Raids at CM Gehlot’s Close Confidants |Income Tax raids are being conducted on Congress leaders Dharmendra Singh Rathore and Rajiv Arora, known to be close confidants of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, amid the Rajasthan crisis.
Sachin Pilot May Float His Own Party: Sources | Sources close to Sachin Pilot said that the deputy CM may float his own party as he has not going to join BJP. The party is likely to be named ‘Pragatisheel Congress’ and a formal announcement will be issued after the CLP meeting.
Pilot Supporters Say Meeting Can’t Issue Whip | Supporters of Sachin Pilot say that the CLP meeting cannot issue a whip and thus it has no legal sanctity. Sachin Pilot may declare his decision after the meeting.
Meeting at 10.30 am |Meeting of Congress Legislative Party is scheduled to begin at the residence of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at 10.30 am.
Jaipur: Meeting of Congress Legislative Party is scheduled to begin at the residence of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at 10.30am.pic.twitter.com/Ub0NQCDwHn
— ANI (@ANI)July 13, 2020
Working Under Gehlot is ‘Tough’: Pilot |Sources told News18 that Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot has conveyed to the Congress high command that working under Ashok Gehlot is tough.
3 Pilot Supporter MLAs Return to Jaipur | Three MLAs, who are Sachin Pilot supporters – Danish Abrar, Rohit Bohra, Chetan Dudi, have come back to Jaipur, ahead of the CLP meeting.