Ashok Gehlot

Jaipur: The Rajasthan Congress Legislature Party (CLP) on Monday passed a resolution supporting the Ashok Gehlot-led government in the state, hours after in a major show of strength 102 MLAs turned up at the chief minister’s residence ahead of the meeting.

The MLAs, now, have been shifted to a luxurious resort, sources say.

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The meet was called by the party amid the crisis caused by deputy CM Sachin Pilot’s rebellion. The resolution passed at the CLP meet said: “This ripping off of democracy by BJP is insult to eight crore people of Rajasthan, they’ll not accept it. CLP meet expresses its confidence in Congress president Sonia Gandhi and leader Rahul Gandhi, and unanimously supports the government led by Ashok Gehlot.”The morning saw not just hectic parleys and a war of words between the BJP and Congress but also raids by the IT department on the residences and properties of two of Gehlot’s close confidants, with the Congress calling it a “witch-hunt”.

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As rumours flew about Pilot jumping ship to join hands with the BJP, the rebel leader reportedly told the Congress that working under Gehlot was “tough”.

Sources close to Pilot, however, said in all likelihood, he would float his own party.

Earlier, on Sunday, the power struggle between chief minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot, that has been simmering for long, spilled out into the open, threatening the stability of the 20-month-old Congress government in Rajasthan.

In a statement released through his media adviser, Pilot said the Gehlot government was now in a minority after over 30 Congress MLAs and some independent lawmakers had pledged support to him. Pilot also said he would not attend a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party scheduled for Monday.



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