DIFFERENCES between Rajasthan CM Gehlot & Dy CM Pilot widen creating political instability in the state

Who Will Pilot Rajasthan? Sachin Pilot Claims Support of 23 MLAs Amid Political Upheaval | 10 Points

RAJASTHAN Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has accused the principal opposition BJP of trying to topple his government. Gehlot says Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot,42, is in touch with BJP leaders. Pilot, who was instrumental in bringing back the Congress to power in the crucial northern state, is reportedly in Delhi meeting senior Congress leaders. His loyalists claim Pilot is backed by 25 MLAs. The Congress is trying to pacify the faction led by him. The MLAs from the Pilot camp are said to be lodged at different places, with about a dozen at ITC Grand in Gurugram, and a few others are at ITC Maurya in Delhi, said The Tribune. Meanwhile, Sachin Pilot has gone incommunicado since he is not taking phone calls from any Congress leader, including his friends in the party. Pilot has reportedly spoken to  Congress Treasurer Ahmed Patel, close to the Gandhis. Gehlot camp claims that the Chief Minister has the support of 103 MLAs and his government the required numbers in the state Assembly. In Jaipur, several ministers and MLAs visited Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s home on Sunday, indicating support to him amid speculation over a widening rift with his deputy Sachin Pilot. The BJP has dismissed the accusation of creating political instability in Rajasthan saying the developments reflect a power struggle between Gehlot and Pilot camps. The current position in the state legislature is that out of total 200 seats, the Government was formed with 124 seats comprising of INC (107) BTP (2) CPI(M) (2) RLD (1) IND (12) and the Opposition has 76 seats comprising of BJP (72) RLP (3) IND (1). Pilot claims support of 30 Congress MLAs amid reports that he is likely to join BJP. He told PTI that the Gehlot govt has lost majority support. The Indian Express says the heart of the tussle in Jaipur, is the “ego clash” 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”. Gehlot alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were unable to “tolerate” him or his government and were, therefore, planning a conspiracy. The BJP was handing out hefty money to the MLAs, the CM alleged. Rejecting Gehlot’s allegations, BJP state president Satish Poonia said the political situation in the state was the result of infighting in the Congress and the chief minister was just trying to shift the blame, says India.com.

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