Rajasthan Govt Crisis: At least 100 MLAs Present At Party Meet; Congress Says 'Door Open For Talks With Sachin Pilot'
Addressing the media, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said: "Ahead of the meeting, I will request all MLAs to attend to support and help strengthen the party. I agree there might be differences which are normal in any political situation. But weakening your party and giving the BJP an opportunity to attack us isn't right. No matter how high your position is in the party. The government here was chosen by the public. Our doors are open for Pilot's supporters. We can always sit and resolve the issue together. Keep your views within the party and not outside." On Sunday night, the Congress high command sent Randeep Singh Surjewala, Ajay Maken and Rajasthan General Secretary in-charge Avinash Pandey to Jaipur. After reaching Jaipur, the three leaders held a press conference late at 2.30 am. In the press conference, Avinash Pandey said that 109 MLAs have already given a letter of support to Congress Party and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and many other MLAs are still in touch with him and they will meet on Monday.
On Sunday, Sachin Pilot had said he has the support of more than 30 MLAs and speculation was made that he would join BJP. Meanwhile, the former Congressman Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted that he is saddened to see Sachin Pilot being sidelined and persecuted by Rajasthan CM. It shows that talent and capability are not valued in the Congress.
A whip has been issued to all party MLAs to be mandatorily present at Congress Legislature Party meeting to be held tomorrow morning. Strict disciplinary action will be taken against any MLA who is absent without mentioning personal/special reason: #Rajasthan Congress in-charge https://t.co/adTEHg0iM1 pic.twitter.com/xrdqiCYNn9— ANI (@ANI) July 12, 2020