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Rajasthan Politics: Ghar wapsi for Sachin Pilot, 18 MLAs

Prakash Bhandari, Jaipur: With saving the Rajasthan government being of utmost priority, the Congress high command, it seems, has been able to break the ice with dissidents led by Sachin Pilot. The high-level meeting of Sachin Pilot with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra ended with Pilot agreeing for a truce that will ensure the...

Jodhpur: 11 migrants from Pakistan found dead

Eleven members of a family, all migrants from Sindh province of Pakistan, were found dead in mysterious circumstances in Jodhpur district. The incident took place in village Lorta Achlawta under Dechu police station of Jodhpur district. These migrants from Sangra district in Sindh province of Pakistan migrated to India in 2014. Lone survivor The family...

Credit Society scam: Relief for Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Prakash Bhandari Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is a much-relieved man after he got interim relief from the Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday in connection with the Sanjivani Credit Society case.  Shekhawat managed to get a stay on a lower court order which stated that he be booked in the Sanjivani scam case.   Earlier,...

Controversy thy name is Bhanwar Lal Sharma

Prakash Bhandari, Rajasthan: Bhanwar Lal Sharma, the dissident Congress MLA who is among those rebelling against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is a controversial figure of Rajasthan politics.  Sharma is under SOG investigation for sedition and criminal conspiracy for his efforts to topple the Gehlot government.    An audio clip purportedly of Sharma was released.  In it,...

Ashok Gehlot sends MLAs to Jaisalmer to prevent horse-trading

Worried over horse-trading of MLAs, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday shifted 95 MLAs to Jaisalmer. The Ashok Gehlot camp MLAs were shifted to Jaisalmer after a 19-day stay in a Jaipur hotel. The shifted MLAs include independents legislators and allies, along with Congress MLAs. They were taken to Jaisalmer in three chartered aircraft....

Governor, CM clash intensifies as Rajasthan political crisis enters third week

Prakash Bhandari: (Rajasthan political crisis)In the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan that entered the third week, the spotlight has shifted from rebel Sachin Pilot to the governor and the country is witnessing a rare happening when a governor of the state has ignored the advice of the state Cabinet to convene the Assembly.  Instead, the...

Man uses friend to get job, biometric catches him

A Rajasthan youth was held by the city police for using his friend to write a competitive exam.  The friend cleared the exam on behalf of the youth, but when he appeared for joining formalities, biometric verification blew the lid off the whole scam.   The senior assistant manager of the Central Warehousing Corporation’s office...

Gujarat Congress leaders detained near Raj Bhavan

Congress leaders, protesting in front of the Raj Bhavan, in Gandhinagar were detained by the cops on Monday.  Several Congress leaders, including Paresh Dhanani and Amit Chavda, were protesting the high handedness of the BJP in trying to bring down an elected government in Rajasthan.   The leaders were protesting against Rajasthan governor Kalraj Mishra’s...

Rajasthan heading for constitutional crisis: BJP

The Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan is heading for a ‘constitutional crisis’, the BJP said on Saturday evening. A 12-member delegation of BJP met Governor Kalraj Mishra to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state.   Later Rajasthan BJP chief Satish Poonia accused Ashok Gehlot and others of theatrics. BJP said the Congress was preventing...

Will go to Rashtrapati Bhavan, says Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday said that he will go to the Rashtrapati Bhavan if needed. This comes a day after Gehlot and his MLAs had a sit-in at the Rajasthan Governor’s house.   “We will not let the BJP conspiracy succeed. If required we will go to the Rashtrapati Bhavan,” a senior...

With just 2 MLAs, we are kingmakers in Rajasthan: BTP president Mahesh Vasava

As the Ashok Gehlot government struggles to retain power in Rajasthan, the Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP) says it is now in a position to punch way above its weight despite its miniscule presence in the state assembly. “We have two MLAs in a House of 200, yet we are in the position of kingmakers,” party...

Two BTP MLAs in Rajasthan back Ashok Gehlot

The Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) has extended its support to the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan. Two MLAs of the regional party clarified their stand at a joint press conference with state Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasara on Saturday. BTP legislators Rajkumar Roat and Ramprasad asserted that the support is in lieu of the promise...