Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, believed to be upset over his adversary Sachin Pilot reconciling with the Congress and making a comeback after a gathering with Rahul Gandhi, evaded any response right now when requested how he would return to working with somebody he had referred to as “nikamma” (ineffective). He additionally mentioned it was his accountability to handle grievances of “MLAs who are annoyed” with him.
Requested in regards to the truce with the rebels, the Chief Minister mentioned he would “give them a warm hug if party leadership decides to forgive the rebel MLAs”.
Sachin Pilot, whom he sacked as his deputy, returns to Rajasthan today, a month after he launched his revolt. Among the terms of his return to the gold was a grievance panel, including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, to address the complaints of 19 rebel MLAs.
“If any MLA is annoyed with me, then it is my responsibility to address that. I have kept doing this in the past and will do this now also,” Ashok Gehlot said, but questioned why the rebels went and “what promises” had been made to them.
Sources say Chief Minister Gehlot, who, in contrast to the occasion’s measured criticism, had gone all out in opposition to his sacked deputy, was not completely on board with the truce.
Previously month, Mr Gehlot had publicly accused Mr Pilot of deal-making with the BJP to drag down his authorities. He additionally labelled the 42-year-old chief as “nikamma” (ineffective) and derided him as a politician who influenced the media with solely seems to be and good English.
As he prevented uncomfortable questions on Mr Pilot, the Chief Minister targeted on attacking the BJP as he spoke to reporters earlier than taking a particular flight to Jaisalmer, the place he reportedly has some 100 resentful Congress MLAs to deal with. “They were with me all along. The BJP tried every trick in the book, but failed to break us. They were offered money, posts, but they did not leave. I have told these MLAs, till I am alive, I will always be their guardian and look after them,” Mr Gehlot mentioned.
“The BJP tried to take us down but does not know what hit them. The government of the day has lost its mind and is blatantly and shamelessly indulging in dirty politics just to gain more and more power. Never in India’s history have we seen a more shameless government. Time has now come to teach them a lesson,” he remarked.
The MLAs, sequestered at Suryagarh resort within the metropolis in anticipation of a belief vote within the particular meeting session on Friday, are feeling “let down and disillusioned”, say sources, and senior Congress leaders have been making an attempt to calm them down.
On Sunday night time, the MLAs had mentioned at a gathering that the rebels needs to be punished for his or her “betrayal” and shouldn’t be allowed again.