Rajasthan Political Crisis LIVE Updates: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said that the final decision on Sachin Pilot and his dissident MLAs would be taken by the party high command. If they forgave and welcome Pilot's camp back, Gehlot said he would also do the same.
"The Prime Minister should stop the tamasha going on in Rajasthan. The rate for horse-trading has increased here. What tamasha is this?" said Gehlot.
Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat told CNN-News18 that the political crisis did not brew over the last 5 weeks, but had been happening since 2018. He said Sachin Pilot and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had not been speaking for months, and denied that BJP had any involvement in the ongoing political tussle. "We have not done anything. If they don't want to see what happened in MP to be repeated in Rajasthan or other states then Congress should set their house in order and not fight among themselves," he said.
"If the Rajasthan government has their numbers then they would not have been flying between Jaipur and Jaisalmer. They are not sure of their numbers. In Madhya Pradesh, a disgruntled Congress Leader joined us and that resulted in a Congress government collapsing," he said. The Union Minister also said that he is okay with joining any probe against horse-trading, but that the "authorised agencies" had not intimated about such the recording in question.
Shekhawat had been previously accused of being involved in the horse-trading of MLAs by the Congress government, which had also released a purported audio clip of him doing the same.
Here are the LIVE Updates:
◑ 'In Democracy, Fights Take Place over Ideology': "We have no quarrel with anyone. In a democracy, fights happen over ideology, policies and programmes and not for toppling a government. Modi should get stopped whatever is going on in Rajasthan," the chief minister said outside the hotel where the MLAs were shifted Friday.
◑'Shekhawat Should Resign' Gehlot Says: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has again attacked Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, demanding his resignation after a a Jaipur court directed Rajasthan SOG to investigate his role in the Sanjivani Credit Cooperative society scam. "He has been involved in the horse trading of MLAs, as heard in the audio tape, he has no right to remain at his position," Gehlot said, outside Hotel Suryagarh in Jaisalmer.
◑ Congress MLAs in Jaisalmer Offer Prayers at Eid: Congress MLAs Amin Khan, Amin Kagzi, Hakam Ali, Saleh Mohammed, Wajib, and Rafiq offer prayers at Hotel Suryagarh in Jaisalmer on Eid-Al-Adha, ANI reports. Congress MLAs, supporting Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot are lodged at the hotel.
◑ Sachin Pilot May Not Attend Session, Say Sources: Sachin Pilot and his camp of dissident MLAs may not attend the Assembly Session, CLP meetings until FIRs remain pending against them, sources said. They still maintain that they are not joining BJP, adding that it would be the easiest thing to do, but they were instead fighting for respect, sources said, adding that there has been no decision yet on whether the camp will attend the assembly session or not, and will be done so after consultation with MLAs.
◑ Gehlot Camp Shifts to Jaisalmer: Congress MLAs loyal to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot shifted from a Jaipur resort to Jaisalmer on Friday, prepared to spend at least the next fortnight holed up in a hotel there. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot boarded one of the five chartered flights to the city, 550 kms away from the state capital by road. But he indicated he will be back. He told reporters at the airport there will be no compromise with the government's work as he and the ministers will remain in Jaipur. In Delhi, the Congress approached the Supreme Court against the Rajasthan High Court order restraining the assembly Speaker from acting on the disqualification notices issued to Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident MLAs.
◑ Avinash Pande, Surjewala Also in Jaisalmer: AICC general secretary Avinash Pande and spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also travelled to Jaisalmer with the MLAs. The party claimed about 100 people including MLAs from the Congress, allies and independents boarded the flights. The MLAs had remained confined to Fairmont hotel on the Delhi-Jaipur highway since July 13, as the infighting between the Gehlot and the Sachin Pilot factions in the Congress escalated.
◑ 'Has Modi Ever Listened to Atal Ji?': Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, in a dig at the BJP government, shared a clip of Atal Bihari Vajpayee saying in an old interview how he would never engage in political horse trading. Congress has been alleging that the BJP government has been trying to topple the Rajasthan government, through horse trading of MLAs, and CM Ashok Gehlot said recently that ever since the okaying of the Assembly Session by Governor Kalraj Mishra, the "rates offered had gone up".
◑ 'Why Are they Camping if United?' BJP: BJP Rajasthan president Satish Poonia on Friday questioned why Congress MLAs were camping in Jaisalmer if they were united, hours after the ruling party in the state shifted its legislators to the border district from here fearing "horse-trading".
All are united, there is no danger, there is democracy. If everything is fine then why is fortification required and who is for sale? Make their names public. Disbelief in the fortification too! After Jaisalmer from Jaipur, Pakistan is ahead.
◑ SOG to Move HC in Audio Tape Case: The Special Operations Group of the Rajasthan Police will move the High Court to take the voice sample of Sanjay Jain arrested after being allegedly caught on audio tapes discussing the "plot" to topple the state government.