Jaipur: More than 50 Congress MLAs (Member of Legislative Assembly) who were staying at a hotel in Jaipur-Delhi Highway were flown to Jaisalmer, on Friday amidst the political crisis in Rajasthan.
Chief minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot claimed the support of 102 MLAs. Sachin Pilot, former deputy chief minister of Rajasthan revolted against Gehlot three weeks ago and claimed the support of 30 MLAs to topple the government.
Satish Poonia, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief in Rajasthan, took a dig at this incident and said, “Ahead of Jaisalmer is Pakistan. And on its other side is Gujarat (a BJP-ruled state). So where do you want to go? The CM should let his MLAs free”.
The decision to shift the MLAs from Delhi to Jaipur came up after Gehlot decided to gain a trust vote when the assembly will convene on August 14. Gehlot also claimed that the MLAs were offered money to switch alliances.
The 50 MLAs were flown from New Delhi to Jaisalmer in three chartered flights. Then they were escorted to Hotel Suryagarh with buses and other vehicles with tight security. The process of shifting the rest of the MLAs is underway.
Pratap Singh, the transport minister said that the MLAs are being shifted to Jaisalmer so that they remain together with each other. He also said that the chief minister’s plan is that not a single MLA gets trapped from his opponents.
Gehlot also said to his rebels to return to the party if they have not accepted the money.
Prashant Bairwa, a Congress MLA said “We are going to Jaisalmer for a change” before he took off from Delhi.
On Wednesday, chief minister alleged the camp of Sachin Pilot that they are collaborating with BJP to bribe the MLAs to overtake the government.
While talking to reporters, Gehlot said, “After the assembly session was announced last night, the rates of horse-trading have increased. Earlier, the first instalment was of Rs 10 crore and second was of Rs 15 crore. Now it has become unlimited and all know who is doing horse-trading”.
Gehlot wanted to prove his majority and wanted a session from today. He eventually agreed to prove his majority after 21 days conditioned by the Governor. The rebels too have to attend the session because if they don’t they will be disqualified from the party.