AICC postured as if it was reaching out to Pilot, understanding he had moved too near BJP, then declared him a ‘BJP collaborator and provocateur’ earlier than sacking him and two different ministers. Gehlot quickly declared the combat was between BJP and Congress.
“The high command was compelled to take the decision because since a long time BJP was conspiring and resorting to horse-trading. It was a huge conspiracy. There is nothing in Sachin Pilot’s hands, it is the BJP which is running the show. BJP has arranged a resort and it is managing everything. The same team which worked in Madhya Pradesh is at work here,” Gehlot mentioned after sacking Pilot.
Earlier within the day, AICC spokesperson Randeep Surjewala mentioned: “I regret that Sachin Pilot and some of his associates have been swayed by BJP’s plot and are now conspiring to topple the Congress government elected by eight crore Rajasthanis. It is unacceptable.” Pilot tweeted in reply: “Truth can be harassed but not defeated,” to which AICC basic secretary for Rajasthan, Avinash Pande, retorted: “Yes, in collusion with BJP you disturbed truth a lot but you could not and will not be able to defeat it.”
According to celebration insiders, Congress has adopted a multi-pronged sport plan to stave off the BJP risk. The measures embrace: Empowering socially and politically influential Congress and impartial MLAs and celebration leaders with ministerial berths, organisational and ornamental posts; appointing Govind Singh Dotasra, from the influential Jat neighborhood, as the brand new PCC chief; re-distribution of plum portfolios throughout a Cabinet growth which might attain out social segments corresponding to Gujjars, Meenas, Dalits and higher castes, whereas making an allowance for sacking of insurgent ministers Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena. All this whereas guarding MLAs from BJP’s poaching.
According to insiders, the second a part of the plan entails coping with 13 rebels Congress and 4 Independent MLAs. As ET reported on Tuesday, Congress opted for selective strike by performing towards three insurgent ministers. It will now cope with the rebels by classifying them into two classes. The first group of these unwilling to hitch BJP or are cautious of a mid-term ballot might be wooed again. “We have received calls from some MLAs whom BJP has locked up in a Haryana hotel,” mentioned a Congress chief. The celebration plans to file a disqualification petition with the Speaker for these within the second group, together with Pilot, and different rebels. Congress will wait to see if BJP will admit them into the celebration or retain them as ‘collaborators’.
After demonstrating help of 104 MLAs (quantity as given to governor, with Congress claiming help of 4 extra MLAs), the CM is learnt to have determined to attend for BJP to maneuver a no-confidence movement earlier than exercising the choice of a belief vote. “If BJP and Pilot have confidence, let them challenge us on the floor,” mentioned a frontrunner.