Concerned about horse-trading by the ruling Congress, Rajasthan BJP has asked its 72 MLAs to attend a training programme to be organised in a Jaipur hotel on Tuesday. Rajasthan BJP has also asked its 18 MLAs who are presently in Gujarat on an “excursion” to return for the same.
Vasundhara Raje to attend the training programme
Interestingly, former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who was on a political hibernation, is also returning from Delhi to attend the programme. All the MLAs would be billeted in the hotel till the Assembly session begins on August 14.
BJP fearing poaching of its MLAs
The saffron has asked its MLAs not to meet or speak to the outsiders. The BJP is panic-stricken and it claimed that the Congress is trying to lure them to consolidate its number in case of a floor test.
Raje back in action
Vasundhara Raje was sidelined during the entire ongoing crisis. BJP president Satish Poonia and deputy leader of Opposition in the Vidhan Sabha Rajendra Singh Rathore were active and issuing statements.
However, Vasundhara after being ignored met the party’s leadership in Delhi. She was given the assurance that henceforth, she will have a larger say in all strategic matters.
Vasundhara’s silence for the past one month was being read as if she was supporting the Congress government after the rebellion by Sachin Pilot.
No promise to Pilot by BJP
The dissidents wanted to sever their ties from the ruling Congress by forming a separate group. They wanted to form the government in Rajasthan, with the outside support of the BJP. But the BJP did not promise Pilot anything as it wanted the dissidents to have at least 35 MLAs on its side before it could topple the Gehlot government.
Cautious CM kept MLAs in hotel
A cautious Ashok Gehlot kept all MLAs in a hotel for almost three weeks under tight vigil. Gehlot submitted a list of 102 MLA who were with him and after initial hesitation, the governor agreed to convene the Assembly session from August 14 onwards.
BSP broke Gehlot’s confidence
Gehlot was confident of his majority, but suddenly the BSP jumped into the fray by approaching the Rajasthan High Court with a petition questioning the merger of its six MLAs into Congress.
The merger of the six BSP MLAs was effected last year in September. Both BSP and the BJP MLA Madan Dilawar have approached the high court with a plea that the six BSP MLAs should be restrained from voting.
A division bench of the high court has directed a single-judge bench to deliver its verdict on the merger issue on August 11. However, both BSP and Madan Dilawar moved an application on Monday in the Supreme Court demanding the transfer of their petition from the high court to the apex court.
The matter is likely to be heard in the Supreme Court on August 11.
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