The Congress government in Rajasthan plunged into a crisis on Sunday as several MLAs loyal to Ashok Gehlot submitted resignation letters over a possible move to appoint Sachin Pilot as the next chief minister, their rebellion erupting just ahead of a Congress Legislature Party meeting.
As per PTI report, The loyalists headed to Speaker C P Joshi’s home after a long meeting in the evening at minister Shanti Dhariwal’s residence, saying they were resigning as MLAs.
All this while, at the chief minister’s home, Gehlot and Congress observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken waited for all legislators to arrive for the CLP.
Pilot and his supporters came but the meeting was a washout.
Gehlot loyalists claimed that over 90 MLAs went to Joshi’s home, but the number could not be verified independently. The Congress has 108 MLAs in the House of 200.
There was no word from the Speaker’s office on the resignation letters.
Late at night, there were efforts by Kharge and Maken to persuade Gehlot loyalists to meet them one on one, if not as part of the planned MLAs’ meeting.
Every MLA has faith in interim president Sonia Gandhi. We’ve kept our point and expect that our demands will be considered when the final decision is taken by the high command. We want the party to take care of people who’ve been loyal to Congress, Rajasthan Minister Mahesh Joshi Told ANI
CM Gehlot should pay heed to the suggestions of MLAs. We have 92 MLAs with us, Congress leader Pratap Singh Khachariyawas told ANI