Act Against Rebels, Demand Rajasthan MLAs Even as Congress Makes Last-Ditch Efforts to Placate Pilot

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CM Ashok Gehlot with Sachin Pilot (PTI File)

At the Congress Legislature Party on Sunday, sources said state Congress in-charge Avinash Pandey has said that he will not advocate for rebels in front of party high command as the MLAs demanded action.

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  • Last Updated: August 10, 2020, 11:34 AM IST

In fresh trouble for the Congress, party MLAs in Rajasthan have demanded action against now-sacked deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and the rebels led by him, even though the Grand Old Party is making last-ditch efforts to placate Pilot and bring him back into the fold.

At the Congress Legislature Party on Sunday, sources said state Congress in-charge Avinash Pandey has said that he will not advocate for rebels in front of party high command as the MLAs demanded action.

The developments come even as sources within the party say efforts are still on to reach out to Pilot, who engineered a rebellion and left the party with 18 MLAs, reportedly miffed after the SOG sent him a notice to record his statement in a case of alleged poaching of Congress MLAs in the state.

Sources said Congress Working Committee member Raghuvir Meena said the rebels would be forgiven if they voted for the party in the floor test.

There are attempts to resolve the crisis before the assembly session begins on August 14. The Congress said it was in touch with some rebel MLAs and hoped for clarity by Monday night on Pilot’s plans. A similar softening of stand was seen when Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, after publicly rebuking Pilot, said he would accept the rebels if they apologised to the “high command”.

Nineteen Congress rebels, including Pilot, revolted against Gehlot, posing a threat to the Congress government in Rajasthan. Congress removed Pilot as the Deputy Chief Minister and as the state chief of the party on July 14 but also sent many feelers to Pilot, though the rebel leader has not opened his cards yet even though he has said he would not join the BJP.

Gehlot has convened a session of the state assembly on August 14 where he will prove his majority.


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