New Delhi: The ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan has deepened as the Congress party removed Sachin Pilot from the post of state PCC (Pradesh Congress Committee) chief and Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister. Besides Pilot, his 2 key aides have also been sacked from the state Cabinet, announced Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala. The party has appointed Govind Singh Dotasra appointed as the new Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Chief. Also Read - Failure of 'Operation Lotus' in Rajasthan Was Defeat of 'Political Perversity': Shiv Sena's Swipe at BJP
“Congress made him (Pilot) a Union minister when he was 30. He became a deputy chief minister in his 40s. We gave him many opportunities but he and some of his colleagues have fallen for a trap laid by the BJP. This is not acceptable,” said Randeep Singh Surjewala. Also Read - Rajasthan: After Rebel MLAs Return to Congress Fold, Ashok Gehlot Says 'Natural For Them to be Upset But Need to be Tolerant'
This comes soon after Congress MLAs passed resolution to issue show-cause notice against all those who skipped the second CLP (Congress legislature party) meeting on Tuesday.
Notably, Pilot and his loyalists skipped the second meeting of the legislature party in Jaipur. Party’s top leaders including Chidambaram, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi had reached out to him to end the dispute, but the deputy CM remained adamant on his decision.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Uma Bharti has blamed Gandhi family for the ongoing power tussle between CM and Deputy CM in Rajasthan. “The whole crisis (in Rajasthan) is due to Rahul Gandhi and his family because they insult young leaders and are jealous of them… Gandhis only want those do “he he he” with them to stay in government,” said the BJP leader.
Take a look at the top developments so far:
Sachin Pilot also removed as Rajasthan PCC Chief, Govind Singh Dotasra appointed in his place: Randeep Surjewala, Congress.
102 MLAs attended the second Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting at Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur. They unanimously demanded that Sachin Pilot should be removed from the party, news agency ANI reported quoting party sources.
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Ahmed Patel, P Chidambaram and KC Venugopal have reached out to Pilot but the latter remained incommunicado.
Congress has been claiming that their leaders are united but it’s clear that there are internal disputes, because of which, Sachin Pilot had to leave the party after facing humiliation. At present, we are not demanding floor test, said Rajasthan BJP President Satish Punia.
Why did Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot shunt his MLAs to a resort in a luxury bus after flashing a victory sign during the CLP meeting called on Monday? If he is claiming ‘all is well’ within his camp, he should immediately call for a floor test in the Assembly to show his strength, one of the Sachin Pilot loyalists told IANS.