Rajasthan political crisis: Congress says doors still open for Sachin Pilot
Monday, 13 July 2020 The Congress on Monday said its doors are open for Sachin Pilot, the rebel leader who has claimed that he has the support of over 30 party MLAs in the state's 200-member assembly. “Doors are open for Sachin Pilot and other MLAs,” senior leader Randeep Surjewala said adding those who want to attend it should call up Avinash Pande, in-charge of Rajasthan Congress.
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Congress leader Sachin Pilot returned to Jaipur, Rajasthan on Tuesday. Pilot said he has not demanded any post from the party and there should not be any vendetta politics. On Monday, a meeting between Sachin Pilot and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had signaled an "amicable resolution" of nearly a month-long Rajasthan political crisis ahead of the crucial assembly session beginning August 14. The Congress leader said that he did not make any statement against the party and had gone to discuss issues with the Congress high command in Delhi. I have not demanded any post from the party, he added. Pilot, however, said he was shocked at statements made against him."I am sad, shocked, and hurt due to the kind of words used against me," Pilot said. He said there should not be any space for “personal ill-feelings” in politics and there should not be any vendetta politics.
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Disgruntled Congress leader Sachin Pilot on his meeting with Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi said they have assured to solve the turmoil. Pilot said, "In our meeting, Priyanka ji and Rahul ji heard our grievances patiently and assured that a road map will be chalked out to solve them." "A three-member committee has been formed by Congress after issues raised by me and some MLAs. The issues we raised were of importance. There is no place for malice or personal enmity in politics," he added.
Congress leader Sachin Pilot held a press conference in Jaipur on August 11, after his interaction with top brass of Congress party a day before. He said, "We never spoke or did anything against the party or party leadership. Several people spread many rumours and raised many questions but we remain on the stand that we took 30 days ago."
Congress leader Sachin Pilot speaks with Hindustan Times’ National Political Editor Sunetra Choudhury over Rajasthan crisis. Pilot opens up on the debate of whether it was a win for Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Pilot speaks on differences between him and Rajasthan CM Gehlot. On Monday, a meeting between Sachin Pilot and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had signalled an "amicable resolution" of nearly a month-long Rajasthan political crisis ahead of the crucial assembly session beginning August 14.The Congress leader told reporters that he did not make any statement against the party and had gone to discuss issues with the Congress high command in Delhi. I have not demanded any post from the party, he added. Watch the full video for more details.
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Sachin Pilot arrived in Jaipur on August 11, a day after his interaction with top Congress leadership. Supporters raised slogans and welcomed him, as he returned to Jaipur. He met Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Delhi on August 10. Pilot along with MLAs supporting him attended a meeting with a three-member committee comprising of Congress General Secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and KC Venugopal and senior party leader Ahmed Patel to address the issues raised by him and other Rajasthan legislators from his camp. Pilot was removed from the posts of Rajasthan Congress chief and Deputy Chief Minister after differences reportedly emerged within the state unit. The Rajasthan Assembly session is scheduled to begin from August 14.
While speaking to ANI in Jaipur on August 11, BJP Rajasthan president Satish Poonia spoke on current political crisis in Rajasthan. He said, "We had called for a legislature party meeting today. As some of our people are in Gujarat and won't be able to reach today, also tomorrow is Janmashtami." "So, everyone suggested that the meeting should be held after Janmashtami," Poonia added.
Congress Leader Randeep Surjewala on Congress MLAs staying at the resort in Manesar said that they should return to the party. Randeep Surjewala said, "The Congress MLAs who are staying at the resort in Manesar should shun the hospitality and police security of the BJP govt in Haryana and return to the party, then we can hold talks."
Congress MLAS met Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra at Raj Bhawan in Jaipur on July 24. Congress MLAs, CM Ashok Gehlot left from Raj Bhawan where they raised slogans and protested over the issue of the convening of Assembly Session. CM Gehlot has now called a cabinet meeting at 9:30 pm today. While speaking to media, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "Chief Minister wants to prove majority, call Assembly Session on COVID crisis and wants to silence those who say Congress doesn't have majority. Governor told us he will abide by Constitution. He gave CM a note that is to be looked into, then Governor will have to follow Article 174 of Constitution." "We believe the Governor. A state cabinet meeting will be held today at 09:30 pm, the note will be looked into and a reply will be sent to the Governor today itself," he added.
Rajasthan Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasra on July 18 reacted on Special Operations Group team's visit to Manesar on July 17. He said, "Rajasthan Special Operations Group (SOG) team was made to wait by BJP Government's Haryana Police until the MLAs inside the resort (in Manesar) were moved out."
Rajasthan ministers left from the residence of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for Fairmont Hotel, after the State Cabinet and Council of Ministers meetings concluded on night of July 14. Earlier today, Sachin Pilot was removed as Deputy Chief Minister and Rajasthan PCC Chief. Govind Singh Dotasra has been appointed as the new PCC chief. The decision was taken after a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur, Rajasthan earlier today. The Rajasthan Congress is in turmoil over the past few days. Gehlot has blamed the BJP for attempting to destabilise the state government by poaching MLAs.
Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee Secretary Chetan Dudi on July 13 said that the MLAs of Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) are with his party and they were present at the legislative party meeting earlier today. "All I know is that their MLAs are with us. Both the MLAs are supporting Congress party. They were present at the legislative party meeting earlier today and they are present here as well." Recently, Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) issued letter to its two MLAs to abstain in the event of a trust vote in the assembly. These two MLAs had earlier supported the Ashok Gehlot-led government in Rajasthan.
In the latest development in Rajasthan political crisis, State Congress in-charge Avinash Pande on July 27 held a press conference in Jaipur. While addressing the mediapersons he said that Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot-led government is in majority and it wants to convene State Assembly session. "We want to discuss important matters including COVID-19 with the opposition in the Assembly," he said.
The meeting led by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot with Congress party MLAs concluded on July 12. Rajasthan Congress In-charge Avinash Pande attended the meeting. After the meeting he said, "Congress government is strong and we will fight against them (who attempt to destabilise the state government". The crisis in the Rajasthan unit of the Congress heightened on July 12 with party veteran and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his Deputy CM Sachin Pilot involved in a power tussle, with the CM blaming the BJP for attempting to topple the state government by poaching MLAs. A meeting of Congress Legislative Party (CLP) will be held at Gehlot's residence at 10:30 am on July 13.