Rajasthan Crisis- '100% conspiracy to remove CM, general secretary incharge was a part of it', says Gehlot loyalist

Updated on Sep 26, 2022 10:02 PM IST

Rajasthan political crisis: Amid speculation over the likely successor of Ashok Gehlot, his loyalists submitted resignations in a late-night developments.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot with his former deputy Sachin Pilot. (File image)
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot with his former deputy Sachin Pilot. (File image)(HT_PRINT)

Rajasthan political crisis: Amid buzz over the likely successor of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot - who is set to contest the Congress presidential polls next month - a massive political crisis has hit the state. In late-night hectic developments amid the escalating political drama, a group of Congress MLAs - loyalists to Gehlot submitted their resignation to Assembly Speaker CP Joshi. The crisis unfolded on Sunday even as a Congress legislature party (CLP) meeting was scheduled to discuss the matter.

Ashok Gehlot and Shashi Tharoor have emerged as frontrunners in the race of presidential polls for the party, due in October. If elected, Gehlot would have to leave the CM chair under 'one man, one post' rule of the party.

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  • Sep 26, 2022 10:02 PM IST

    'Can't be afraid': Ashok Gehlot's loyalist responds to Ajay Maken's charges

    Rajasthan minister Ashok Chandna, who is said to be close to chief minister Ashok Gehlot, on Monday said he has signed the resignation letter and “many did it happily”, news agency ANI reported.

  • Sep 26, 2022 09:28 PM IST

    Status quo to be maintained till Congress president election nominations

    As the Congress seeks to tide over the political crisis in Rajasthan triggered by efforts to find a successor to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot who is likely to fight the party's presidential polls, sources said status quo will be maintained till the process is over for filing nominations.

  • Sep 26, 2022 08:51 PM IST

    'Conspiracy to remove CM (Ashok Gehlot)...' says Gehlot loyalist Rajasthan minister Shanti Dhariwal

    "It was 100% a conspiracy to remove the CM (Ashok Gehlot) and the general secretary in charge was a part of it. I am not talking about anyone else, no charge on Kharge but only the General Secretary in charge," Rajasthan minister Shanti Dhariwal was quoted as saying by ANI.

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    Congress' Ajay Maken says 'met Sonia Gandhi, will give written report'

    After meeting, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge Ajay Maken said: “Will submit written report on Rajasthan situation by tonight or tomorrow”. 

  • Sep 26, 2022 05:59 PM IST

    Time for Congress workers to spill blood to save govt against BJP, says Gehlot loyalist Khachariyawas

    Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot loyalist and state cabinet Minister Pratap Khachariyawas on Monday said that the Congress workers are attempting to save their party and have to be prepared to "spill blood on the roads" against the BJP which he alleged, wants to "topple" the state government.

  • Sep 26, 2022 05:34 PM IST

    Take out 'Congress Jodo Yatra' first: AAP's dig over political crisis in Rajasthan

    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday took a swipe at the Congress over the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan and said it should first take a 'Congress Jodo Yatra' instead of continuing with its 'Bharat Jodo Yatra'.

  • Sep 26, 2022 05:12 PM IST

    Rajasthan: Cong MLAs say high-command's decision on next CM should have consensus

    Congress's chief whip in the Rajasthan Assembly Mahesh Joshi on Sunday said the party MLAs have no objection to whoever is made the chief minister, but the final decision of the high-command should be agreeable to them, PTI reported. 

  • Sep 26, 2022 04:57 PM IST

    Mallikarjun Kharge, Ajay Maken arrive at Sonia Gandhi's residence

    AICC observers Ajay Maken & Mallikarjun Kharge arrive at the residence of Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi. They will further give the report to her pertaining to current crises. 

  • Sep 26, 2022 04:25 PM IST

    ‘Will Gehlot pull out of race for Cong president?' Sources close to him say ‘fluid situation'

    Calling the crisis in Rajasthan a “totally fluid situation”, sources close to Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot told HT on Monday that he may not yet file nomination for the forthcoming Congress presidential elections. Read more

  • Sep 26, 2022 04:14 PM IST

    'Gandhi's have little credibility, purchase left': BJP's Shehzad Poonawalla

    "Apparently Kamal Nath being roped in to mediate between warring factions in Rajasthan! Clearly, Gandhis have little credibility and purchase left now? Admission of their inability ? Ironically, the prime antagonist behind MP factionalism is their pick to solve factionalism! Wow," BJP's Shehzad Poonawalla said.

  • Sep 26, 2022 03:17 PM IST

    Congress high command asks MP Congress chief Kamal Nath to immediately arrive in Delhi

    Congress's high command has asked Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath to immediately arrive in Delhi. He is further likely to mediate in the Rajasthan Congress crisis, ANI reported.

  • Sep 26, 2022 02:40 PM IST

    Cong working committee urges Sonia Gandhi to pull Ashok Gehlot out of party president race

    With the deepening political crisis in Rajasthan over the appointment of Ashok Gehlot's successor, Congress Working Committee members have demanded from Sonia Gandhi to pull the state chief minister out of the race for the party chief and select another candidate for the top post, ANI reported.

  • Sep 26, 2022 02:18 PM IST

    'Everybody has to abide by party's decision eventually': Mallikarjun Kharge

    AICC observer Mallikarjun Kharge after meeting Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot in Jaipur said: "We have informed the Congress president about what happened yesterday. Everybody has to abide by whatever decision is taken eventually. There should be discipline in the party".

  • Sep 26, 2022 02:08 PM IST

    CM Ashok Gehlot arrives at Marriott hotel

    Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot arrived at Marriott hotel in Jaipur, reported news agency ANI.

  • Sep 26, 2022 01:27 PM IST

    Congress observers likely to return to Delhi

    The political drama in Rajasthan over leadership change continued on Monday with MLAs loyal to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot remaining non-committal on holding a meeting with Congress observers, who are likely to return to Delhi to apprise the high command about the developments, reported PTI.

  • Sep 26, 2022 12:31 PM IST

    Rajasthan political crisis: Pilot's flight may fail to take off?

    Amid a high drama in Rajasthan over the CM post, will Sachin Pilot's flight fail to take off as Gehlot's successor? Read here

  • Sep 26, 2022 11:40 AM IST

    Rajasthan political crisis: All you need to know about likely scenarios

    As the political crisis in Rajasthan over the chief minister's post intensifies, here is an overview of the likely scenarios.

  • Sep 26, 2022 11:18 AM IST

    Hoardings featuring Congress MLA Sachin Pilot put up in Jodhpur

    Hoardings featuring Congress MLA Sachin Pilot with the text "Satyamev Jayate, Naye Yug ki Taiyari" put up at various places in Jodhpur.

  • Sep 26, 2022 10:38 AM IST

    BJP takes potshots at Cong power tussle

    Amid high political drama over leadership change in Rajasthan, the Opposition BJP on Sunday hinted at imposition of President’s rule in the state. "The current political situation in Rajasthan is pointing towards President's rule. Chief Minister @ashokgehlot51, why are you doing drama? Why is there a delay after the cabinet has resigned? You too should resign,” Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore commented on Twitter.

  • Sep 26, 2022 09:59 AM IST

    Congress observers expected to meet Sonia Gandhi today

    Congress observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken - who were in Rajasthan on Sunday to attend the legislature party meeting at chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s residence - are expected to meet Sonia Gandhi on Monday afternoon. Read more here

  • Sep 26, 2022 09:33 AM IST

    ‘Conflict of interest’: Ajay Maken on 'no CM before Oct 19' conditon

    On Ashok Gehlot supporters' condition of 'no CM before October 19' , Ajay Maken told HT that there “seems to be a conflict of interest”.

  • Sep 26, 2022 09:28 AM IST

    Gehlot supporters did not attend meeting: Ajay Maken

    Congress' Ajay Maken told Hindustan Times that Ashok Gehlot's supporters did not attend the CLP meeting . “We also wanted to follow procedure of speaking to individual MLAs about what they want so that they can speak freely. Very strange that MLAs didn’t come for that,” he said.

  • Sep 26, 2022 09:19 AM IST

    Person who has support of MLAs will be next CM: Rajasthan minister

    Amid the fast-paced political developments in Rajasthan, Food Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas on Sunday told PTI that democracy runs on numbers and whoever has the support of MLAs will be the state's next chief minister.

  • Sep 26, 2022 08:50 AM IST

    Congress poll process stalled as AICC central election authority chief has been hospitalized

    In the midst of the Rajasthan crisis, the Congress poll process also stalled due to AICC central election authority chief Madhusudan Mistry having to be hospitalised. Contenders like Shashi Tharoor will now file on Friday, people familiar with the matter said.

    A congress spokesperson, however, told HT that the poll process has just stopped today because of a routine medical check up for Mistry and that he will be back at AICC tomorrow.

  • Sep 26, 2022 08:24 AM IST

    Want Congress to take care of people who have been loyal: Rajasthan minister

    Amid the political crisis in Rajasthan Congress, State Minister Mahesh Joshi in the wee hours of Monday said that they want the party to take care of people who have been loyal to Congress.

  • Sep 26, 2022 07:44 AM IST

    Sonia Gandhi directs Ajay Maken, Mallikarjun Kharge to hold one-on-one talks with miffed MLAs

    As the majority of Congress MLAs from the Ashok Gehlot camp are submitting their resignations, party interim president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday directed observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken to conduct one-on-one talks with Rajasthan MLAs to resolve the issue.

  • Sep 26, 2022 07:18 AM IST

    4-member delegation demands CLP after October 19

    Hours after MLAs were seen boarding a bus to the speaker's house to reportedly submit their resignation, a four-member delegation of Shanti Dhariwal, Mahesh Joshi, Pratap Singh and independent legislator Sanyam Lodha conveyed to senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken that the CLP meeting should happen after October 19 - after the Congress presidential elections. The delegation said that if Gehlot gets chosen for the top party post then the CM should be appointed from 102 MLAs who stood by the party during the crisis in 2020.

  • Sep 26, 2022 06:48 AM IST

    See Pic | Congress MLAs submit their resignation to assembly speaker

    Congress MLAs submitting their resignation (HT)
    Congress MLAs submitting their resignation (HT)

    Amid the massive political crisis in Rajasthan over the likely successor of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, his loyalist MLAs have tendered their resignation to the assembly speaker: Picture.

  • Sep 26, 2022 06:14 AM IST

    Pilot's flight may fail to take off as Ashok Gehlot-loyalist MLAs submit resignation

    The resignation of Gehlot's loyalists suggested a worsening power struggle between the chief minister and Sachin Pilot who was tipped to be CM Gehlot's replacement. Read more here

  • Sep 26, 2022 06:02 AM IST

    Gehlot loyalists resign amid tussle on CM post

    A group of Congress MLAs - loyalists to CM Gehlot, submitted their resignation to assembly speaker CP Joshi on Sunday night.

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