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Congress sacks rebel MLAs, FIR filed against Union minister for trying to topple Gehlot govt

Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has been named along with rebel Congress MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma in an FIR over allegations of a conspiracy against the Congress government in Rajasthan. The Congress on Friday alleged that investigations have revealed rebel MLAs were plotting with the BJP against the Ashok Gehlot government. The Congress has also...

Sachin Pilot, 18 MLAs move Rajasthan HC against Speaker’s disqualification notice

Former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and his 18 supporter MLAs have moved Rajasthan High Court against Speaker CP Joshi’s disqualification notice. Advocates Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi will represent them in the court. The hearing is likely to take place at 3 pm. The Rajasthan Assembly Speaker had sent disqualification notices to Pilot...

Not joining BJP, clarifies Pilot

Congress leader Sachin Pilot, who was unceremoniously sacked from his positions as the state chief of the party and the deputy chief minister, on Wednesday clarified that he is not going to join BJP. The disgruntled leader said he had worked hard to strengthen the Congress party in Rajasthan and to defeat the BJP. “I...

BJP, Sachin Pilot camp demand floor test in Rajasthan

As the ruling Congress in Rajasthan grapples with a rebellion led by Sachin Pilot, the BJP on Tuesday demanded that Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot take a floor test to prove his government’s majority in the Assembly. The party also alleged that the residences of MLAs were being kept under police surveillance and the legislators of...

Minutes after being sacked, Pilot says “truth can’t be defeated”

Minutes after the Congress Tuesday sacked Sachin Pilot as Rajasthan’s deputy chief minister and party’s state unit chief, the rebel party leader in a tweet said, “Truth can be harassed, not defeated”. Cracking the whip on the rebel party leader, the party also removed his loyalists Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena from the state cabinet....

Sachin Pilot removed as deputy CM, state party chief by Congress

In a major development, the Congress has sacked Sachin Pilot as the Rajasthan deputy chief minister and the state party chief. Along with Sachin Pilot, two Rajasthan ministers who had joined the Pilot camp have also been dropped from the cabinet. The decision to sack the rebel leader was announced by Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh...

BTP asks its MLAs in Rajasthan to abstain from voting

The Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP), which has two MLAs in Rajasthan, has issued a whip to its legislators asking them to abstain from voting in case a show of strength is needed for the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan. The Gehlot government may need a floor test as Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot has rebelled...

Pilot skips second Congress meet, Gehlot camp’s MLA count dips to 102

Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot has skipped the second Congress Legislature Party meeting even after the senior party leader Randeep Surjewala invited him to “come and resolve the issues” that have erupted after the conflict between him and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot escalated. The meeting is being held at a hotel on the Delhi...

Jyotiraditya Scindia camp gets key portfolios in Madhya Pradesh cabinet

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday allocated portfolios to new ministers, 11 days after the expansion of the state council of ministers. Predictably, the new star of the party Jyotiraditya Scindia managed to get key departments for his supporters. The 28 new ministers who joined the Chouhan Cabinet on July 2 included 20 of...

Rajasthan: Resort politics begins as CM Ashok Gehlot wants to keep the flock together

There seems to be no end to the political turmoil continuing in Rajasthan. After a show of strength by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, resort politics has once again begun in the state. The Congress MLAs supporting the incumbent CM were on Monday taken to a resort in buses in a bid to keep the flock...

Rajasthan Political Turmoil: Doors open for Sachin Pilot, says Cong as Pilot’s rebellion fizzles out

As the Rajasthan political crisis continues, the Congress on Monday said its doors are open for Sachin Pilot, the rebel leader who has claimed that he has the support of over 30 party MLAs in the state’s 200-member assembly and that Ashok Gehlot-led government is in minority. “Doors are open for Sachin Pilot and other...

I-T raids on Gehlot aides amid political turmoil in Rajasthan

Amid crisis brewing in Rajasthan after Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot’s open revolt against the Congress, two of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s aides were raided by the Income Tax (I-T) department on Monday morning for alleged tax evasions. Rajiv Arora, vice president of the party’s Rajasthan unit, and Dharmendra Rathore were raided hours after the...