Rajasthan crisis alarms Congress, Will Sachin Pilot's 'Scindia moment' dull Ashok Gehlot's magic?
A notice was served to Sachin Pilot to join investigations with the ATS, which was set up by Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot to probe attempts to topple his government. While Gehot blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party for this, notice to Sachin Pilot drags him in and insinuates that the deputy CM who has never had a good equation with Gehlot is also hands in glove with the BJP to oust his government. Meanwhile, Pilot came down to the national capital with his loyalist MLAs and may talk to party leadership regarding the political crisis in the state.
Party meet: Ahead of the Congress Legislature Party to be held in Jaipur on Monday, the Congress dispatched two of its senior leaders to the state capital to talk to its MLAs as power tussle between Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot turned severe.
‘Sidelined’: With factionalism hitting the Congress government in Rajasthan, BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia hit out at his former party, saying talent and capability find "little credence" there. He claimed that Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot was being "sidelined and persecuted" by CM Ashok Gehlot.
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