Thursday, May 30, 2024

Pilot meets Scindia in Capital as plot thickens in Rajasthan

Political landscape in Rajasthan is fast changing colours with deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot meeting BJP’s Jyotiraditya Scindia in Delhi on Sunday.

Pilot is in the capital Delhi with 25 MLAs of Rajasthan Assembly and purports his purpose to meet Congress leader Rahul Gandhi but speculation is rife that he is about the change the boats midstream in Rajasthan’s politics currents.

It’s learnt, Sachin Pilot and other rebel MLAs are stationed in Gurugram’s ITC Hotel. They skipped Gehlot’s meeting who had summoned all MLAs at his Jaipur residence. Congress holds a 48-seat majority over the Opposition in Rajasthan. It has 106 seats to BJP’s 72. RLP and Independent have a seat each.

There is increasing possibility that Rajasthan may go the way of Madhya Pradesh where Scindia quit Congress due to party infighting, falling out with the then chief minister Kamal Nath, and joining BJP leading to fall of the Congress government.

Scindia has since been elected to the Rajya Sabha on BJP nomination.

Pilot has long been at loggerheads with his chief minister Ashok Gehlot. The divide between the two factions has only widened in last year and a half.

Gehlot has accused BJP of horse trading. He had said: “I have tried to take everyone aboard in this fight against the Coronavirus…While we are proactively trying to save lives and means of livelihood, they are trying to destabilize the government.”

The situation has bubbled over after Pilot received summons for questioning by the Special Operations Group over allegations of destabilizing the government. Gehlot heads the home ministry which controls the SOG.

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