Jaipur/New Delhi: Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Sunday declared open rebellion, claiming that he has the support of over 30 Congress MLAs and some Independents.
The statement released on Pilot’s WhatsApp group claimed that the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government is in minority now.
“Rajasthan Deputy CM and Congress leader Sachin Pilot not to attend Congress legislative party meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow,” the message added. The statement appeared just as ministers and Congress MLAs were gathering at Gehlot’s official residence in the state capital for a meeting to express support to the Chief Minister, amid the power tussle between the two leaders.
Soon after the announcement Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the party remained intact, and its government will complete the five-year term in the state.
Pilot had been incommunicado. Earlier in the day, all India Congress committee general secretary Avinash Pande said he had been trying to get in touch with the leader for the past two days.
“I have left messages for him,” Pande, who is in charge of Rajasthan at the AICC, told PTI.