- Rahul Gandhi has lost his arms in Scindia and Pilot: Guj Deputy CM
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has lost both his arms in Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said on Wednesday and added that a weaker Congress is good for the BJP, news agency PTI reported.
“We all saw what had happened in Madhya Pradesh. Now, it’s happening again in Rajasthan. There seems to be some fault in the functioning of the Congress leadership,” Patel said.
“These two young leaders (Pilot and Scindia) were like the right and left hands of Rahul Gandhi. Now, he has lost both his arms,” he added.
- Ashok Gehlot jeers at Sachin Pilot as Congress asks him to ‘return to family’
Even as the Congress reiterated that the party has not closed its doors on rebel leader Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Wednesday took a jibe at his former deputy, saying that “speaking good English or being handsome is not everything”. Gehlot also accused Pilot, who was the former state Congress president, of being involved in horse-trading with the BJP to topple his government.
- Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra keen to accommodate Sachin Pilot
After Ashok Gehlot’s stinging remarks on Sachin Pilot, sources said, Surjewala, who is part of the central team sent by the Congress to Jaipur to handle the crisis, had a meeting with the chief minister. It was conveyed to him that Rahul Gandhi wants to keep the doors open for Pilot. Sources said Gehlot told Surjewala he was not against that but Pilot would have to “leave the BJP camp”. Sources in Delhi said both Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are keen to accommodate Pilot, and that Ahmed Patel was talking to him.
- Rahul Gandhi observes that whosoever wants to leave the party will leave
Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s reported remarks at an NSUI meeting on Wednesday sent the party into a tizzy. Speaking to office-bearers of the party’s students wing, Rahul is said to have observed that whosoever wants to leave the party will leave and they should not be unduly worried about it. He reportedly added that when a big leader leaves the party, it will open doors for youths like them. The Congress immediately denied he made any such remark, as it was being read in the context of speculation that Sachin Pilot could leave the party.
- Ex-Congress, 10 of 13 ‘kingmaker’ Independents likely to back CM Gehlot
Without Pilot and the other 18 MLAs, the Congress’s strength in the 200-member House will go down from 107 to 88 – or 89 with support of ally RLD. And this is where support of the Independents becomes crucial in order to reach the majority mark of 101. Ten of these Independents, already ‘associated members’ of the Congress, are known to be in the camp of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
- ‘What about ghar wapsi?’: Kapil Sibal’s jibe at Sachin Pilot
A day after Sachin Pilot ruled out joining BJP and accused “few Rajasthan leaders” of maligning his image by spreading the rumour, Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday hit out at him saying it seems that the MLAs in Haryana’s Manesar are on vacation and asked what about ‘ghar wapsi’ (coming back). “False rumours spread to malign. Pilot: “I am not joining BJP”. I guess then legislators at a hotel in Manesar are merely a vacation in Haryana’s comfort zone under BJP’s watchful eye. What about “ghar wapsi”?” Sibal tweeted.
On Wednesday, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that Pilot was welcome back provided he left “the Haryana BJP government’s hospitality (MLAs backing Pilot are staying in hotels in Haryana)”.
- In a fix after Sachin Pilot’s no to joining BJP, saffron party says game ‘not concluded yet’
According to BJP leaders, the party has discussed several plans in case Pilot and Rajasthan Congress MLAs backing him do not vote for the Gehlot government. “But we need to get a final picture on what Pilot wants, and what (kind of support) he has,” a party leader said. “We are waiting and watching, but the BJP will help those who are leaving the Congress camp,” a senior BJP leader said. “As an opposition party, we will have to see that the Ashok Gehlot government is defeated (in a floor test).”
- Pilot’s rebellion was brewing for long
Sources in the Congress also claimed that the rebellion led by Sachin Pilot had been brewing for long and that the notice issued to him by the Special Operations Group of the Rajasthan Police in a probe into an alleged bid to topple the state government may have forced him to play his hand immediately, without waiting for the required numbers to topple the government.
- Pilot camp moves HC against disqualification notices, hearing at 3 pm
Prithviraj Meena, an MLA supporting Sachin Pilot, has moved Rajasthan High Court challenging the state Assembly Speaker’s disqualification notice to them. The matter will be heard at 3 pm today. Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi to represent them.
- Pilot camp moves Rajasthan High Court: Who are the lawyers?
Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress’ Rajya Sabha member, will appear on behalf of the Speaker, while the Pilot camp will be represented by former Solicitor General Harish Salve and former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, news agency ANI reported.
- Sachin Pilot case against disqualification: Hearing begins in Rajasthan HC
- Notice for disqualification of MLAs by speaker ‘unconstitutional’: Harish Salve
Harish Salve representing team Pilot says notice by the speaker for disqualification of Pilot and 18 other MLAs “unconstitutional”
- Sachin Pilot case against disqualification: Hearing deferred
Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs who have approached the Rajasthan High Court over disqualification notice from the Assembly Speaker sought time to amend its petition.
- Rajasthan High Court grants Pilot time to file fresh petition
The Rajasthan High court has granted time to Pilot camp to file fresh petition and said the matter will be heard by Division Bench. Harish Salve, representing Pilot, said that the petitioners will challenge anti-defection law enshrined in the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution.
- BTP places five demands concerning tribal development, says not in support of any party as of now
In a twist, the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) who were in support of Gehlot earlier have now placed a list of five demands, mainly concerning tribal development. The party president has asked the MLAs to not support either Gehlot, Pilot, or BJP, as of now.
- Sachin Pilot case against disqualification of MLAs: Hearing resumes
The hearing on plea challenging the disqualification of MLAs by the Rajasthan speaker resumes. The plea was filed by Sachil Pilot camp. He is being represented by senior advocate Harish Salve.
- Two-judge bench of Rajasthan High Court to hear Sachin Pilot’s amended plea this evening
Two-judge bench of Rajasthan High Court will later today hear the amended petition filed by dissident Sachin Pilot camp. Sachin Pilot had earlier today sought time to amend the petition challenging disqualification of 18 Congress MLAs by the Rajasthan speaker. Counsel Harish Salve had said that the petitioners will challenge anti-defection law enshrined in the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution.
- Vasundhara Raje supports Ashok Gehlot: BJP leader Hanuman Beniwal tweeted
BJP leader Hanuman Beniwal in a tweet said that Former Mahdhya Pradesh Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is in support of Askhok Gehlot and that she has been asking the people of Rajasthan to support Gehlot.
- Rajasthan HC to hear amended plea filed by Sachin Pilot camp tomorrow
The Rajasthan High Court will hear the amended plea filed by Sachin Pilot camp challenging the disqualification of MLAs by Rajasthan speakers on Friday at 1 PM.