Jaipur: In a major development that has placed a question mark over the survival of Ashok Gehlot’s Congress government in Rajasthan, deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot on Sunday night issued a message on a WhatsApp group he runs for journalists that he will not be attending the Congress legislative party meeting scheduled for Monday.
He also claimed that he had the support of over 30 Congress and independent MLAs, though there is no independent confirmation of this number.
In Rajasthan’s 200 MLA-strong assembly, the Congress has a total of 107 MLAs and the additional support of 13 independents. In addition, the Rashtriya Lok Dal’s sole MLA, Subhash Garg, is a minister in Gehlot’s cabinet.
The BJP has 72 MLAs and its smaller ally, the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party of Hanuman Beniwal has 3.
The Bharatiya Tribal Party (2), the Communist Party of India Marxist (2) are not formally supporting the Congress government but are unlikely to back the BJP’s efforts to topple it.
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