Jaipur: The infighting in the Rajasthan Congress has reached the next level as there now seems to be a race to get support from outsiders and others.
CM Ashok Gehlot has got support from 12 out of 13 independent MLAs, who convened a meeting on Wednesday and give full support to Gehlot, while on the other hand, 15 party candidates defeated in assembly elections of 2018 have written a letter to the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, complaining about the undue importance given to Congress turned BSP MLAs and independents in political appointments and works related to their constituencies.
In a meeting on Wednesday evening, 12 out of 13 independent MLAs have expressed full faith in CM Ashok Gehlot. The MLAs said that the decision of cabinet expansion is the prerogative of the CM. Pressurizing him for this is not in the interest of the people of the Rajasthan. Independent MLA from Sirohi, Sanyam Lodha said, “We express full faith in CM Ashok Gehlot. We supported the government in and outside the assembly and will continue to do so as it is our primary duty to give a stable government to the state.”
The MLAs added that all attempts to destabilize the government will be given a befitting reply as was done in July last year. In the meantime 15 Congress leaders who lost the assembly elections of 2018 have written a letter to the Congress president Sonia Gandhi which says ‘“We welcome the support of BSP MLAs who joined Congress and independent MLAs to the government, but in the 2.5-year tenure of the party’s government, there was negligible participation of the Congress leaders in the appointments of the officials or the nominated councillors while BSP turncoats and independents have given full importance.”
These leaders have even alleged in the letter that despite the full majority the party is taking support of independents and BSP turned Congress MLAs and this is weakening party workers and organizational structure of the party in their constituencies. Party sources say that signatories on the letter are believed to be Pilot supports as it was Pilot who gave tickets to them as party president at the time of election.
The sources in the party say that the factionalism is intensifying as the series of events suggest that factions of both CM Ashok Gehlot and former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot are seem playing a game of check-mate and leaving no chance to counter each other.
First, it was the Pilot faction who came out and demanded that promises made to them by the party be fullfilled . Then came MLAs who switched over to Congress from BSP and supported the government to counter the demand of the Pilot faction and showed full confidence in Ashok Gehlot’s leadership.
Now, on one hand, there is a show of loyalty from independent MLAs for Gehlot and on the other a letter of complaint from defeated Congress leaders to counter them.