Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and state Congress president Sachin Pilot will not attend the Congress Legislative Party meeting scheduled to be held at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s residence. A meeting that is likely to decide the fate of Congress government in the state
According to news agency , quoting sources, said the Gehlot government is in minority after over 30 Congress and some independent MLAs have pledged support to Sachin Pilot.
The crisis in Rajasthan Congress intensified with Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot at loggerheads, while Gehlot is blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party for trying to destabilise the state government by poaching MLAs, Pilot is camping in Delhi to speak to the party leadership regarding the political turmoil in the state.
According to sources, Pilot has sought an appointment with party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi but time for the meeting has not yet been given by her. Although, Pilot met another party leader to apprise him about the situation in the state and spelled out his grievance.
As of now, many MLAs, who are believed to be in the Pilot camp, are also in Delhi to meet the party leadership.
According to sources, the deputy chief minister has the support of nearly 30 Congress MLAs along with many independent legislators.
The clash between Gehlot and Pilot is also over the post of PCC Chief as Gehlot Camp wants that ‘One Leader One Post’ formula to be implemented in Rajasthan.
Currently, Sachin Pilot is heading the PCC besides holding the Deputy CM post.
Sources close to Sachin Pilot have informed that the young leader is upset with the SOG notice issued to him. He believes it is aimed to record his phone calls and keep him under surveillance.
Many of Pilot’s supporters feel indignation and told Pilot that they cannot work with Ashok Gehlot.