Rajasthan Government crisis: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and other ministers met at the CM’s residence Tuesday evening for a Cabinet meeting, hours after the ruling Congress sacked Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and two others from the cabinet. Gehlot and the other ministers arrived there from the hotel where they were holed up amid the power tussle between Gehlot and Pilot.
In his first statement after the sacking of his deputy Sachin Pilot, Gehlot alleged that the entire Pilot camp is playing into BJP’s camp. Gehlot, who had met Governor Kalraj Misra, accused the BJP of conspiring against the government. “There is nothing in Sachin Pilot’s hands, it is the BJP which is running the show. BJP has arranged that resort and they are managing everything,” he said, adding that the party was forced to take a decision against Pilot.
After a no-show from Sachin Pilot at the CLP meetings, the Rajasthan Congress had decided to sack him as the Deputy Chief Minister. Cracking the whip on the rebel party leader, the party had also removed his loyalists Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena from the state cabinet. Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara will replace Pilot as the Rajasthan Congress president. Hem Singh Shekhawat made Sewa Dal state president. Minutes after Congress’ presser, Pilot tweeted, “Truth can be troubled, cannot be defeated.”
Amid the infighting, Pilot-led Rajasthan Congress camp had on Monday night released a video showing at least 16 MLAs sitting together. The same day, the Rajasthan Congress Legislature Party passed a resolution to extend their support to the Ashok Gehlot-led government, which Pilot claimed, has been reduced to a minority.