More than 80 Rajasthan Congress MLAs have submitted their resignation letters to the assembly Speaker, CP Joshi, at his residence in the state. According to the sources, all the MLAs who have resigned will go to the official residence of Ashok Gehlot from the Speaker’s home.
The MLAs of the Gehlot faction adopted a stand this evening at Cabinet minister Shanti Dhariwal’s residence against Sachin Pilot and his candidature to be the next chief minister if Ashok Gehlot is elected the Congress chief. It is said that the loyalists of Gehlot want the next CM to be someone who had supported the government during the open rebellion by Pilot in 2020. All the resignations were collected at Dhariwal’s home.
Reports say that Rahul Gandhi’s camp has jumped into action to deal the issue. Senior party leader and MP KC Venugopal spoke to Mallikarjun Kharge, who, along with the party’s Rajasthan in-charge, Ajay Maken, spoke with Ashok Gehlot.
The message from Sonia Gandhi is that Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken should speak to each and every MLA of the party. “Even if it takes all night, the matter must be resolved by tonight only. And pass whatever one-line resolution you want to pass”: is the Congress’s message to its troubleshooters.
“We have left no stone unturned in maintaining the alliance with respect to Rajasthan, nor will there be any changes in it today. If any new equation is formed after the election of the Congress president, then the decision about the post of chief minister in the state will also have to be taken by the Congress,” tweeted Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Jayant Singh.
n the 200-seat state assembly, Congress has 107 MLAs, followed by the BJP with 70. It is all known knowledge that Rashtriya Lok Dal had extended its support to the Congress, has one member while 14 are Independent MLAs.