Rajasthan political crisis: Meeting ends, Congress MLAs head for hotel

Rajasthan political crisis: Meeting ends, Congress MLAs head for hotel

As the Congress sent out contradictory signals through the day - a resolution by its legislative party that those trying to break the party were not welcome to All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Randeep Surjewala sending out a "all is forgiven" message to Mr. Senior Congress leader, Kapil Sibal said, "worried for our party". "Shows that talent and capability find little credence in the Congress", added Scindia whose exit from the grand old party in March resulted in the fall of the Kamal Nath government and return of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh.

He said the party is ready to listen Pilot within set norms and "Indiscipline will not be Tolerated, but I am hopefully he will turn up for the meeting". The meeting will be held at the hotel on the Delhi highway where the party MLAs are now lodged. Addressing a press conference at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's home, Rohit Bohra, Danish Abrar and Chetan Dudi called themselves "soldiers" of the party and said they will do whatever the top leadership tells them. "In Congress Party, all leaders and workers are respected".

Deputy CM Sachin Pilot is camping in Delhi with 25 of his MLA supporters.

Commenting on the crisis, Rajasthan BJP president Satish Punia asserted that the Gehlot-led state government has lost the majority.

Tanwar, who is yet to join any party, said his political journey is on and he will take a decision at an appropriate time.

"We had voted for the Congress in the Rajasthan Rajya Sabha polls last month, but in this situation we have no choice but to abstain".

In a statement, Pilot, however, had made clear that he would not attend the meeting.

Gehlot on Saturday accused the opposition BJP of trying to topple his government by offering his legislators large sums of money and said his administration is not just stable but will complete its five-year term. The sources close to Pilot also said if the Chief Minister has the numbers as claimed then why not do a headcount and take the MLAs to state Governer instead of moving them to a hotel.

The notice came in connection with a complaint about alleged attempts to buy Congress MLAs and destabilise the government.

The latest eruption in the crisis was triggered by a notice Rajasthan police's Special Operations Group (SOG) had sent Pilot.