Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot late Monday snubbed the Congress party’s request to attend a meeting of the legislature party on Tuesday amid a turf war with chief minister Ashok Gehlot.
Hours after Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlotshifted his 100-plus lawmakers to a luxury resorton the outskirts of Jaipur, the party announced that the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) will meet Tuesday morning to discuss the political situation and invited the deputy CM to attend.
But Pilot’s aides say he will not attend the CLP meet, signalling a hardening of stance.
“To discuss the political situation another Congress Legislative Party (CLP) will meet at 10 am tomorrow. We request Sachin Pilot and all MLAs to come. We’ve requested them to come and discuss the situation,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, according to ANI.
Surjewala also said that Ashok Gehlot’s government is safe and that the BJP’s attempts to lure away MLAs to bring down the government have failed.
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“With a majority of 109 for the Congress Government in Rajasthan under Ashok Gehlot, all our MLAs gave their support letter. They have ensured that the BJP’s attempts have failed,” Surjewala said.