The Rajasthan political turmoil took a turn after Sachin Pilot declared he is not joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP.)
While Ashok Gehlot, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, asked Sachin Pilot to prove his loyalty to the INC, Rahul Gandhi, the former President of the INC is “keen on keeping the doors open for Sachin Pilot.”
After he was removed as the President of Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) and Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan, he flew to Haryana.
The Indian National Congress (INC) led Rajasthan Government said, “Stop accepting the hospitality of the BJP in Haryana immediately, prove your intentions.” Ashok Gehlot even accused Sachin Pilot of horse trading by cooperating with the BJP.
The Ashok Gehlot led Rajasthan Government also alleged the BJP of manipulating a few INC Members of the Legislative Assembly to destabilize the Rajasthan Government.
According to sources, Rahul Gandhi is trying to create an environment for an easy and respectful return of Sachin Pilot and rebel MLAs who accompanied him.
Rahul Gandhi, on the 15th of July, spoke to senior leaders of the INC including the INC Spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala and directed them to give a second chance to Sachin Pilot.
Following the directives of Rahul Gandhi, Randeep Surjewala addressed the media and appealed to Sachin Pilot to return to Jaipur with all his MLAs.
While Rahul Gandhi and Randeep Surjewala are not in contact with Mr. Pilot, Priyanka Gandhi is in touch with Sachin Pilot and spoke to him several times and is pushing for his return to Jaipur.
According to sources, the INC sources said if Sachin Pilot returns immediately to the Gehlot Government, the INC Government after a few months could give some big responsibility to Sachin Pilot.
However, if Pilot remains adamant then the Indian National Congress would take away the opportunity from him to garner sympathy by keeping their doors open for him to rejoin.
Rajasthan has 200 Assembly seats, of which 107 MLAs are of INC, 72 MLAs of the BJP and 21 independent MLAs.
Of the 21 MLAs, 18 supported the INC and 3 the BJP.
Despite the removal of 3 MLAs and Sachin Pilot, the INC is in majority in Rajasthan.
The majority mark to form the State Government is 101.
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