Rajasthan Congress MLA Shanti Kumar Dhariwal on Monday alleged that there is a “deep conspiracy” to remove Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot from his post, NDTV reported.
He also accused the party’s Central observer and Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken of promoting Gehlot’s rival, Sachin Pilot, in the state.
“I accuse the Secretary-General in charge of Rajasthan [Maken] of being biased,” Dhariwal said. “He is canvassing for Pilot and wants to make him the chief minister.”
The Congress government in Rajasthan plunged into a crisis on Sunday hours after Gehlot hinted that he would quit as chief minister. The 71-year-old is running to be the next president of the Congress, for which elections will take place on October 17.
On Sunday evening, several Congress MLAs boycotted an important meeting of the party that was organised to pass a resolution empowering the Congress president to pick Gehlot’s successor. The MLAs instead went to the residence of Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi and submitted their resignation amid speculation that Pilot could be appointed as the next chief minister.
Supporters of Gehlot claim that around 90 legislators tendered their resignation to the Speaker, who is yet to take a call on them.
On Monday, Maken said he had met the MLAs in Jaipur and rebuked them for skipping the party’s legislature meeting. “When…