‘Gratitude’: Sachin Pilot Thanks Supporters After Being Sacked

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Amid mounting political tensions in Rajasthan, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Tuesday, 14 July, announced that the party has removed Sachin Pilot from the post of deputy chief minister of the state. Pilot was also removed as Rajasthan Congress chief and Govind Singh Dotasra appointed in his place.

Pilot took to Twitter to respond to his sacking and said, “Truth can be disturbed but not defeated.” Later, in another tweet, he thanked his supporters saying "My heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all those who have come out in my support today."

Meanwhile, CM of the state, Ashok Gehlot has blamed the BJP for the crisis saying, "There is nothing in Sachin Pilot's hands, it is the BJP which is running the show."

This comes after at least 102 MLAs of the Congress party from Rajasthan demanded action against Pilot, after he skipped the second Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting in Jaipur on Tuesday, reported ANI, quoting sources.

  • A video was reportedly released by Sachin Pilot’s office late on Monday showing the MLAs supporting him
  • Reports have suggested that Pilot was upset over receiving a notice for questioning by the Special Operations Group of Police to investigate attempts at destabilising the government
  • The Congress has 107 seats in the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, along with support from some Independents and other parties’ MLAs
  • Reports suggest that Sachin Pilot has support of at least 20 MLAs, with this, Congress government is on the brink in Rajasthan

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2:40 AM, 13 Jul

'109 MLAs Have Signed Letter of Support for Gehlot Govt': State Congress In-Charge

Amid the political crisis in Rajasthan, stemming from rebellion by Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, the state Congress in-charge Avinash Pande said early on Monday that 109 MLAs have signed a letter expressing their trust and support to the government led by CM Ashok Gehlot.

“109 MLAs have signed a letter expressing their trust and support to the government led by CM Ashok Gehlot and leadership of Sonia Gandhi ji and Rahul Gandhi ji. A few more MLAs had a telephonic conversation with the CM and they’ll also sign letter of support till morning,”
Rajasthan Congress in-charge Avinash Pande, as quoted by ANI

"A whip has been issued to all party MLAs to be mandatorily present at the Congress Legislature Party meeting to be held (at 10:30 am on Monday)... Strict disciplinary action will be taken against any MLA who is absent without mentioning personal or special reason," he added.

4:00 AM, 13 Jul

KC Venugopal to be in Jaipur Today Amid Govt Crisis

Congress leader KC Venugopal will be in Jaipur, where the legislature party meeting will be held on Monday morning amid crisis in the government.

4:42 AM, 13 Jul

'BJP Won't Be Successful in Attempts to Topple the Govt': Congress MLA

Ahead of the crucial Congress Legislative Party meeting on Monday, party MLA Mahender Chaudhary said that the BJP will not be successful in its attempts to topple the government in Rajasthan.

"All our Congress MLAs and our alliance MLAs are with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. All of them will be attending the meeting of Congress Legislative Party today," he was quoted by ANI as saying.

5:45 AM, 13 Jul

Rajasthan Crisis: Key Congress Meet Underway

A key meeting of the Congress Legislature Party is underway at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence in Jaipur. According to sources cited by ANI, more than 90 MLAs are at the CM's residence for the meeting.