Among the 19 Congress MLAs, who skipped the crucial CLP meet on Monday, three are ministers in Ashok Gehlot’s cabinet. All the ministers are said to be close to Sachin Pilot whose rebellion has triggered a political crisis in Rajasthan.
The Rajasthan political crisis continues even as Congress leaders met at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence today. Rebel leader Sachin Pilot has maintained he won't join the BJP, but that has only deepened the mystery over his next move
The latest flashpoint between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot is the ongoing investigation by the Rajasthan Police into the alleged attempt by the BJP to lure Congress MLAs into its fold ahead of last month’s Rajya Sabha polls, say sources.
A phone conversation was unraveled after police put two phone numbers under surveillance in connection with arms smuggling. However, the conversation revealed a conspiracy to topple Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government In Rajasthan, police said.
Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha is back with a Third Front to take on the JD(U)-BJP combine. He says his front will contest all 243 seats as “elections are a means to bring change in a democracy” and it is time to change Bihar.
The Centre may hope that opening up the coal blocks for commercial exploitation will bring in swift financial benefits for the country’s stagnating economy. However, will the gains really be worth the ecological and human cost they’ll extract?