By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 17, 2020 1:01:54 pm Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday dismissed the Congress’ allegations that he was involved in an alleged conspiracy to topple the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan. While the ruling party has filed an FIR against him, the BJP leader said the voice in the purported audio clips did not belong to him and that he was ready was a probe in the matter. “It is not my voice. I don’t know which Sanjay Jain they are talking about. I know many people in that name. If I had talked to someone, my number should be there. You can conduct a probe. I am
Rajasthan Government crisis Live: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot with his deputy Sachin Pilot. (PTI/File) A DAY ahead of Rajasthan Speaker C P Joshi taking up the matter of the Assembly membership of the 19 rebel Congress MLAs, including Sachin Pilot, they filed a petition before the High Court citing violation of their freedom of speech and expression, and challenging the anti-defection law. In the petition, that makes Joshi as well as Assembly Secretary Pramil Kumar Mathur parties, the MLAs said no offence had been made out against them, and that the disqualification notices to them on the ground of defection went against their right to freedom of speech. The MLAs were represented by former Solicitor General of India Harish Salve and ex-Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, among ot
Written by Hamza Khan | Jaipur | Published: July 17, 2020 4:43:05 am The 19 rebel MLAs, including Sachin Pilot, filed a petition before the High Court citing violation of their freedom of speech and expression (Archive) A DAY ahead of Rajasthan Speaker C P Joshi taking up the matter of the Assembly membership of the 19 rebel Congress MLAs, including Sachin Pilot, they filed a petition before the High Court citing violation of their freedom of speech and expression, and challenging the anti-defection law. In the petition, that makes Joshi as well as Assembly Secretary Pramil Kumar Mathur parties, the MLAs said no offence had been made out against them,...
By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 14, 2020 2:45:17 pm Sachin Pilot and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Pilot was removed as state Deputy Chief Minister on Tuesday. The Congress on Tuesday stripped Sachin Pilot of the two key positions he held within the party and Rajasthan Cabinet, possibly shutting the door for reconciliation with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. A day after he was given a “second chance”, Pilot was removed from the posts of Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and state Congress president. Two ministers loyal to Pilot were also axed from the state Cabinet. Follow Rajasthan Government Crisis LIVE Updates Primary and Secondary
By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 14, 2020 9:15:50 am July 14, 2020: A look at the top news today. Big Story Unlike Madhya Pradesh, the Congress dispensation in Rajasthan appears to have the numbers that could see them sail through in the event of a floor test. Sources in the party said the Gehlot camp has secured signatures of support from 109 MLAs. While the Congress leadership has reached out to the rebels, Sachin Pilot has stood his ground and contested the numbers. All eyes will be on today’s Congress Legislature Party meeting. Will he violate the party whip a second time? Late at night, the Pilot camp released a video showing some of the pa
Written by Hamza Khan , Khushboo Narayan , Aanchal Magazine | Jaipur/mumbai, New Delhi | Published: July 14, 2020 4:33:09 am Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot (C) with senior Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, Avinash Pandey, Ajay Maken, and K.C. Venugopal flashes victory sign during a meeting with the party MLAs at his residence in Jaipur, Monday, July 13, 2020. (PTI Photo) AS RAJASTHAN Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tries to stave off a political crisis to save his government following a showdown Sunday by Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, the Income-Tax department carried out search and survey operations in 43 premises in Jaipur, ...
Written by Deep Mukherjee | Jaipur | Updated: July 13, 2020 8:22:46 am Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot at party headquarters in Jaipur Amid the internal feud between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan, Congress general secretary Avinash Pande said that 109 MLAs have signed letters in support of the chief minister. In a late-night media briefing on Sunday, Pande said, “Till now, 109 MLAs have signed support letters, expressing their support and full confidence in the government led by Ashok Gehlot ji and the leadership of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi ji. Apart from this, some other MLAs have also spoken on phone with the Chief Minister and they too wil
Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Published: July 13, 2020 4:35:39 am Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot at a press conference on Friday. THE CRISIS threatening the Congress government in Rajasthan, just four months after the party let Madhya Pradesh slip from its grasp, has once again underlined the leadership vacuum in the party and how its sense of drift is deepening faultlines within: old versus young, second-generation leaders versus those who rose through the ranks. On Sunday, the party’s top leaders appeared divided on what led to the latest clash between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his Deputy Sachin Pilot, but they were
Written by Hamza Khan , Deep Mukherjee , Manoj C G | New Delhi/jaipur | Published: July 13, 2020 4:33:19 am Sachin Pilot with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in Jodhpur, (File photo/PTI) IN WHAT appears to be a showdown by Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot almost 18 months after Congress returned to power in the state, his office on Sunday claimed that the Ashok Gehlot-led government was reduced to a minority after over 30 Congress and some independent legislators pledged support to Pilot. The statement issued by Lokendra Singh, who manages media relations for Pilot, also said, “Rajasthan Deputy CM & Congress leader Sachin