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Rajasthan crisis highlights: 3 Ashok Gehlot loyalists get showcause notice

The crisis intensified after a group of Congress MLAs - loyalists to Gehlot submitted their resignation to Assembly Speaker CP Joshi on Monday night.
MLAs and Minister at CM Ashok Gehlot residence.
MLAs and Minister at CM Ashok Gehlot residence.

Rajasthan political crisis: The political tussle in the state unfolded on Sunday amid the buzz over the likely successor of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot - who was set to contest the Congress presidential polls next month. The crisis intensified after a group of Congress MLAs - loyalists to Gehlot submitted their resignation to Assembly Speaker CP Joshi on Monday night....Read More

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.

Meanwhile, Congress leaders Ajay Maken and Mallikarjun Kharge will submit the report to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday around 12 noon about the developments in the state.

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Sep 27, 2022 9:22 PM IST

3 Ashok Gehlot loyalists get showcause notice by Congress

Three close aides and key loyalists of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot were issued notices on Tuesday for indiscipline after AICC observer submitted their report to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Sep 27, 2022 7:39 PM IST

Cong observers submit report to Sonia Gandhi

According to latest reports, AICC observers who were sent to Rajasthan to resolve the power tussle have submitted their report to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Sep 27, 2022 7:12 PM IST

State ministers, MLAs at CM Ashok Gehlot's residence

Amid the political crisis that has gripped Rajasthan, several state ministers, and MLAs have gathered at chief minister Ashok Gehlot's residence. Read more

Sep 27, 2022 6:05 PM IST

Not a single MLA against Sonia or Rahul: Cong minister

Congress will not be weakened by what BJP says or does. Matter is internal to Rajasthan's Congress family. MLAs got angry, resigned, it is a family matter. Not a single MLA is against Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi: Congress minister PS Khachariyawas.

Sep 27, 2022 5:31 PM IST

Gehlot loyalists' meet wasn't for mounting pressure on high-command: Cong chief whip in Rajasthan

Amid an ongoing political turmoil in the Congress in Rajasthan, the party's chief whip in the state, Mahesh Joshi, on Tuesday said a meeting of the MLAs loyal to chief minister Ashok Gehlot was not called to mount pressure on the party high-command.

Joshi said this while reacting to All India Congress Committee (AICC) observer Ajay Maken's "indiscipline" remark for holding the meeting.

Sep 27, 2022 5:17 PM IST

Pawan Bansal says not in Congress president poll race

Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal refuted rumours about him joining the party presidential race and said: “These rumours are without any basis… The idea never crossed my mind.”

Sep 27, 2022 5:14 PM IST

'Bharat Jodo Yatra flop;  Rahul Gandhi is unable to handle Congress': Anurag Thakur on Rajasthan crisis

“Rahul Ji's yatra is a flop, not getting enough support. Two factions are fighting in Rajasthan & he is unable to handle Congress. This tweet reflects his mental state on what he is thinking”: Union minister Anurag Thakur on Rahul Gandhi's tweet.

Sep 27, 2022 4:56 PM IST

Cong observers preparing report on Rajasthan developments, likely to submit to Sonia today evening 

Two Congress observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken are preparing a written report on the developments in Rajasthan and are likely to submit it by the evening.

Sep 27, 2022 4:05 PM IST

Senior Congress leader AK Antony summoned to Delhi

Sonia Gandhi has summoned senior leader A K Antony. People close to him said he will reach Delhi by 10pm.

Sep 27, 2022 3:52 PM IST

Congress leader Sachin Pilot reaches Delhi

Congress leader Sachin Pilot has reached Delhi. 

Sep 27, 2022 3:06 PM IST

Madhusudan Mistry submits final list of delegates to Sonia Gandhi for party's president poll

Congress central election authority (CEA) chairman Madhusudan Mistry on Tuesday submitted a list of delegates, who can vote in the party's presidential polls, to Sonia Gandhi.

Sep 27, 2022 2:32 PM IST

Shashi Tharoor to file nomination for post of Cong prez on Sept 30

Amid suspense over who could take on Shashi Tharoor in the Congress president polls, party's central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry on Tuesday said AICC treasurer Pawan Kumar Bansal has got nomination forms collected, adding that it may be for someone else.

Mistry also said a representative of Tharoor has informed his office that he will file a nomination for the post of president on September 30 at 11am.

Sep 27, 2022 2:30 PM IST

Sachin Pilot dismisses reports claiming he spoke to Congress high command on Gehlot's CM position

Congress leader Sachin Pilot dismissed the report claiming he has told the Congress high command that Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot should not remain CM if he decides to contest for the party president post.

Sep 27, 2022 2:08 PM IST

Sachin pilot boards flight for Delhi

Amid high political drama in Rajasthan over the likely successor of Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot is on his way to Delhi.

Sep 27, 2022 1:34 PM IST

Wait for high command's decision, says Pilot, reports ANI

Congress MLA Sachin Pilot is in constant touch with other MLAs apart from supporting MLAs, sources told ANI. It is further reported that Pilot has asked his supporters to wait for the high command's decision.

Sep 27, 2022 12:42 PM IST

'Observers shouldn't be upset…': Gehlot loyalist MLA PS Khachariyawas

Observers shouldn't be upset this early, they should have waited for a while. We don't want to fight with our own people. If a senior leader like Dhariwal has raised issues then the party should pay heed to them: Gehlot loyalist minister PS Khachariyawas

Sep 27, 2022 12:18 PM IST

Sonia Gandhi asked Cong observers for report on Rajasthan

Earlier on Monday, Ajay Maken and Mallikarjun Kharge briefed party chief Sonia Gandhi about the developments. However, Sonia Gandhi asked Maken and Kharge, who were appointed observers for the legislature party meeting, to give a written report.

Sep 27, 2022 11:12 AM IST

Congress brass holds hectic parleys to mitigate Rajasthan crisis

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday expressed her disappointment at the events in Rajasthan and sought a written report on the turmoil after scores of lawmakers defied the central leadership in an unprecedented rebellion, people aware of the development said. Read more

Sep 27, 2022 10:14 AM IST

Who are key players in the political theatre?

MLAs loyal to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot rebelled Sunday against the Congress high command over the possibility of Sachin Pilot becoming the next CM, once the veteran leader is elected as the party’s national president. These are the key players in the Rajasthan drama. Read more

Sep 27, 2022 9:17 AM IST

Will not tolerate traitors being rewarded: Rajasthan Minister

Rajasthan cabinet minister Shanti Dhariwal on Monday lashed out at Congress' state in-charge Ajay Maken alleging that he was part of a "conspiracy" to remove Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, reported news agency ANI. 

“It was a 100 per cent conspiracy to remove the CM (Ashok Gehlot) and the general secretary incharge was a part of it. I am not talking about anyone else, no charge on Kharge but only the General Secretary incharge,” he said.

Sep 27, 2022 8:25 AM IST

BJP maintains a close watch on Rajasthan

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is keeping a close watch on events unfolding in Rajasthan as the Congress grapples with uncertainty over whether Ashok Gehlot will remain chief minister or take up the post of party president. Read more here

Sep 27, 2022 7:26 AM IST

Believe Cong brass will fulfil their commitment on Rajasthan CM post: Pilot camp

Sachin Pilot and his team have decided not to “confront” MLAs close to chief minister Ashok Gehlot but “wait and watch” the decision of the party high command, as the standoff between the two factions over a new chief minister intensified on Monday, people familiar with the development said. Read more

Sep 27, 2022 6:56 AM IST

In Congress, practice of hand-picking CM faces resistance for first time

Congress lawmakers in Rajasthan (and chief minister Ashok Gehlot) have achieved what no other state unit of the party or powerful regional satrap could in the recent past. Read more here

Sep 27, 2022 6:28 AM IST

Ajay Maken, Mallikarjun Kharge to submit written report to Sonia Gandhi today

Congress leaders Ajay Maken and Mallikarjun Kharge will submit the report to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday around 12 noon about the developments in Rajasthan in wake of the political crisis in the state.