After Sachin Pilot’s sacking, CM Gehlot meets Governor Kalraj Mishra
The Congress party on Tuesday announced Sachin Pilot’s removal as Rajasthan deputy chief minister and sacked two other state cabinet ministers.Updated: Jul 14, 2020 15:11 IST
Soon after the Congress party announced Sachin Pilot’s removal as deputy chief minister of Rajasthan, chief minister Ashok Gehlot reached Raj Bawan in Jaipur to meet Governor Kalraj Mishra. The Congress on Tuesday also sacked two other state cabinet members after the party passed a resolution at the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting in Jaipur to remove Pilot from his currently held positions in Rajasthan. Pilot has also been removed as the chief of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC). Govind Singh Dotasra, state minister of education and tourism, has been appointed in his place.
As per reports, as many as 102 MLAs were present during the Congress legislature meeting and unanimously demanded Sachin Pilot’s removal from the party.
“I regret that Sachin Pilot and some of his associates have been swayed by the BJP’s plot and are now conspiring to topple the Gehlot government elected by 8 crore Rajasthanis. It is unacceptable,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said during a press briefing, adding that Vishvender Singh and Ramesh Meena have been removed as state cabinet ministers.
Pilot skipped the Congress legislature meeting in Jaipur on Monday that recommended action against him and supporting lawmakers. Tuesday’s meet was party’s second consecutive meeting to discuss the political fallout between Pilot and CM Gehlot. Pilot and his supporting camp of lawmakers skipped both the meetings.
The Congress on Monday tried sending out messages for Pilot to stay put in party but all in vain. During a press briefing on Monday, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that Congress’ doors are always to Sachin Pilot and other party members.
“If anyone is upset in family, they should find a solution by sitting with members of the family. On behalf of Congress leadership, including Sonia ji and Rahul ji, I convey that doors of Congress party are always open for Sachin ji or any member,” Surjewala said on Monday.
“If anyone, be at any post or profile, has any problem, they must come forward and mention the issue on the party forum. We will work to resolve it together and keep our government intact in the state,” he added.
As a sign of defiance and show of strength, Pilot-led Rajasthan Congress camp on Monday released a video showing at least 16 MLAs sitting together. The 10-second video was shared late at night on Pilot’s official WhatsApp group. Pilot, however, was not seen in the video clip.