‘BJP tried to topple govt but no one has left’: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot
The CLP is meeting in Jaisalmer where the partry MLAs are camping ahead of the crucial Assembly session next week.Updated: Aug 11, 2020 13:00 IST
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said on Tuesday that peace and brotherhood will remain in Congress party. and attacked the BJP for “trying its best to topple his government”. The CM’s remarks came a day after a three-member party was formed by Congress president to look into the ‘grievances’ of its rebel leaders in Rajasthan.
Gehlot also said that his government will complete its full term.
“Peace and brotherhood will remain in our party. BJP tried its best to topple the government, but in the end, all our party MLAs are together, not even one has left us,” Gehlot told media before leaving for a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting scheduled later in the day in Jaisalmer.
He added that the future road map will be decided according to the decisions taken on Monday. “The high command has constituted a three member committee to look into the grievance of them (dissidents). Decisions were taken yesterday and now accordingly the future road map will be decided,” the CM said.
Hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party, Gehlot said that over 100 MLAs stayed united despite all efforts of by the BJP to topple the government.
“They (BJP) tried everything from horse trading to threatening but all stood tall.”
He said the BJP had faced defeat and the people, workers and MLAs have shown that their (BJP’s) conspiracy will not succeed. Gehlot accused the saffron party of doing politics in the name of religion, saying the BJP divides and wins polls.
Ashok Gehlot exuded confidence that his government will complete its full term.
“The Congress is united and the government will run for five years. We have the mandate,” said Gehlot.
“I have told them (MLAs) that I will take care of you all as guardian till I am alive. They have faith on high command and me, which will be maintained,” he added.
Earlier, Gehlot met three independent MLAs - Suresh Tak, Om Prakash Hudla and Khushveer Singh - at his residence.
Tak said they told the chief minister that they were with him.
On Monday, rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot met former party president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi following which the three-member panel was formed.
“They have had a frank, open and conclusive discussion. Shri Sachin Pilot has committed to working in the interest of the Congress party and the Congress government in Rajasthan,” Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said in a statement hours after Sachin Pilot’s meeting with Rahul Gandhi.
Later on Monday night, welcoming the decision to form a panel, Pilot said that he was not after any post and thought certain issues had to be raised for the benefit.
The crisis in Rajasthan Congress that had been brewing for nearly a month when Sachin Pilot was sacked as deputy chief minister as well Rajasthan Congress president on July 14, appears to have been diffused after Monday’s development.