Ashok Gehlot Govt Wins Trust Vote In Rajasthan Assembly

Rohini Chatterji
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The Ashok Gehlot government on Friday won the trust vote in Rajasthan Assembly. This comes after weeks of political drama in the state, and a patch up between Gehlot and Sachin Pilot on Thursday.

Replying to the debate on the motion, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot criticised the BJP, accusing it again of trying to bring down his government.

“I will not let the government topple at any cost even if you make all attempts,” he said.

During the debate, the opposition BJP accused the Gehlot camp of blaming it for the infighting within the Congress.

The Congress decided to move a trust vote after the Congress Legislature Party meeting at Gehlot’s residence, chaired by him, and attended by Pilot and all the rebel Congress MLAs.

Party sources told The Indian Express that Gehlot has said, “We would have gone for a floor test without some of our friends (the rebel MLAs) and perhaps the government would have been saved, but honestly, we wouldn’t have been happy deep inside. Our dear ones are our own, outsiders are outsiders.”

Pilot was suspended as deputy chief minister of Rajasthan and Congress state unit chief last month. The party had also removed Pilot loyalists Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena from the state cabinet.

PTI reported that on Thursday, all eyes were on the meeting between Gehlot and Pilot who came face to face for the first time after the month-long political crisis which began after the latter, along with 18 other MLAs of the party, openly rebelled against the chief minister.

Pilot and Gehlot shook hands in a moment marking the return of the sacked deputy chief minister and 18 other dissident MLAs to the party-fold, after the intervention earlier this week of the top Congress leadership in Delhi.

The BJP has said it will move a no-confidence motion against the Congress.

“The BJP will move a no-confidence motion in the assembly. We are getting ready our proposal, which will be...

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