Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who’s left with a slender majority after a revolt by his sacked deputy Sachin Pilot, hit out on the BJP right this moment over its petition in court docket difficult the merger of six Bahujan Samaj Celebration (BSP) MLAs into the Congress final yr.
The Chief Minister accused the BJP of “double requirements”, reminding the social gathering that 4 Rajya Sabha members of Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Celebration (TDP) merged into it final yr.
“4 MPs of TDP merged with BJP in a single day in Rajya Sabha. That merger is true and the merger of six MLAs with the Congress in Rajasthan is fallacious?” – Ashok Gehlot tweeted in Hindi. He questioned what occurred to the BJP’s ‘‘Chaal-Charitra-Chehra” (conduct and character) on the time.
The six MLAs, who gained within the 2018 Rajasthan election as BSP candidates, merged into the Congress in September final, taking Mr Gehlot’s tally within the 200-member meeting to 107. Mr Gehlot claims the assist of 102 MLAs after the revolt. If he loses six extra, it will likely be powerful for him to remain in energy.
The BJP’s Madan Dilawar’s petition within the Rajasthan Excessive Court docket argues that the merger is prohibited since on the nationwide stage, the BSP of Mayawati continues to be a separate entity. Later, the BSP additionally filed a petition.
Mayawati advised the media she might have gone to the court docket earlier however she was ready for the “proper time to show the Congress and Ashok Gehlot a lesson”.
Mr Gehlot hit again, accusing the BSP chief of a nexus with the BJP to focus on the Congress.
“The merger can happen with a two-thirds majority. Right here, all of the six MLAs had merged so subsequently Mayawati’s criticism will not be justified as a result of it was not about two MLAs, it was about all of the MLAs,” Mr Gehlot mentioned on Thursday.
“That is the sport of the BJP, which all the nation is watching. A few of our colleagues are concerned on this,” he added, hinting at Sachin Pilot and 18 different Congress rebels.
The excessive court docket has issued notices to the Rajashan Speaker and the six MLAs.