An MLA from Sachin Pilot’s camp on Monday stated the legislators supporting the previous Rajasthan deputy chief minister won’t be a part of the BJP and their battle was to “save the social gathering” by effecting a management change within the Rajasthan authorities.
Mukesh Bhakar, MLA from Ladnun, Nagaur, who was dropped because the state youth Congress chief final week, additionally appealed to the social gathering excessive command that to be able to save the Congress, they have to act now and alter the state management.
Requested concerning the Congress’ allegation that they have been underneath BJP safety in Haryana, a state dominated by the saffron social gathering, Mr Bhakar stated, “Nobody is in a BJP state, we’re in Delhi.” He, nonetheless, didn’t elaborate.
Countering Congress MLA Giriraj Singh Malinga’s cost that Mr Pilot had supplied him cash to hitch the BJP, Mr Bhakar claimed that it was the Pilot supporters who have been being lured for the final one and a half years with cash, ministerial berths and contracts to cross over to the Gehlot camp.
Mr Bhakar claimed that he in addition to different Pilot supporters have been nonetheless getting presents from the Gehlot camp.
“However, we have now stood by our chief,” Mr Bhakar stated.
Requested if they may be a part of fingers with the BJP, he categorically denied any such plans and stated, “We’ve not met any individual from the BJP and neither anybody has contacted us.”
“We’ve stated this earlier and our chief Sachin Pilot had additionally made it clear that we are going to not be a part of the BJP and our battle is for a management change in our state,” he stated.
These items are being stated to tarnish the picture of Mr Pilot and his supporters, he stated.
Mr Bhakar stated he and plenty of different MLAs have made all efforts to convey to the management in Delhi over the past 12 months and a half that Mr Pilot was being ignored, however their pleas went unheard.
“We met Avinash Pande (AICC in-charge of the state), Okay C Venugopal (common secretary, organisation) Mukul Wasnik (common secretary) to convey our issues repeatedly that Pilot was being ignored, however they didn’t pay attention,” he informed PTI.
“Gehlot needs Pilot to go from this social gathering and that’s the reason he’s making such abusive statements and allegations,” the MLA stated.
Mr Bhakar additionally alleged that the very folks on whose onerous work the federal government was fashioned are being now hounded.
Final week, in an open revolt, Mr Pilot and 18 different loyalist MLAs defied a celebration whip to attend two Congress Legislature Occasion conferences. He was then sacked as deputy chief minister and PCC chief.
The showdown got here after the Rajasthan police’s Particular Operations Group launched a probe into alleged makes an attempt at horse buying and selling to topple the Gehlot authorities and issued a discover to Mr Pilot to look through the investigation. SOG had additionally given a discover to Mr Gehlot.
Later, the Rajasthan chief minister had alleged that Mr Pilot was a part of the conspiracy by the BJP, which denied these allegations and blamed the Gehlot-Pilot energy tussle for the Congress’ troubles within the state.
In the meantime, the Rajasthan Excessive Courtroom is listening to a plea by Mr Pilot and different insurgent MLAs in opposition to the disqualification notices issued to them by the Meeting Speaker.
Within the 200-member state meeting, the Congress has 107 MLAs, together with former deputy chief minister Mr Pilot and 18 MLAs loyal to him.
Mr Pilot has been upset because the Congress picked Mr Gehlot over him for the chief minister’s submit, following the December 2018 meeting elections.