As thriller deepens on the whereabouts of the 18 Congress legislators from Rajasthan, who’ve sided with Sachin Pilot in his open revolt in opposition to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, a insurgent MLA has advised NDTV that they don’t seem to be headed to BJP-ruled Karnataka, as speculated all through the night.
“No manner,” a senior legislator from Group Pilot advised NDTV when requested if they’ll Karnataka, in a replay of the Madhya Pradesh coup. He, nevertheless, was not keen to disclose the present location of the MLAs.
These rebels have been lacking since Friday night, when a group of Rajasthan Police’s Particular Operations Group (SOG) went to one of many resorts they had been tenting in, in Manesar in BJP-ruled Haryana close to Delhi.
The Rajasthan Police had gone to file a voice pattern of Bhanwar Lal Sharma, who, in keeping with the Congress, is heard on tape discussing bribes from the BJP as a part of a conspiracy to deliver down the Ashok Gehlot authorities. NDTV can not confirm the authenticity of those tapes.
The Rajasthan Police group was stopped briefly earlier than being allowed inside by the Haryana Police. They returned empty-handed because the 18 MLAs had been nowhere to be discovered.
Sources within the Rajasthan Police’s SOG imagine the insurgent legislators are someplace in Delhi.
The resort politics that’s being performed out over Rajasthan now could be much like one other younger Congress chief’s exit earlier this yr. Jyotiraditya Scindia modified camp in March with 22 loyalist MLAs – which led to the collapse of the Kamal Nath authorities in Madhya Pradesh. The MLAs had been flown in a chartered aircraft to a resort in Bengaluru then.
Sachin Pilot has been round Delhi together with his insurgent MLAs because the weekend. His working feud with Ashok Gehlot escalated after he was requested to reply questions on the alleged conspiracy to deliver down the federal government by which he was quantity two. As he refused to return to Jaipur and skipped conferences referred to as by the Chief Minister, he was eliminated as Deputy Chief Minister and Rajasthan Congress chief. However in Delhi, the Congress management continues its efforts to deliver him round.
Mr Pilot, after being sacked as Deputy Chief Minister and president of the Congress unit in Rajasthan, has gone to court docket to problem the transfer to disqualify him and 18 others from the Rajasthan meeting. The Congress says they acted in opposition to the get together by defying directions to look at two conferences this week that had been chaired by Mr Gehlot.