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Business News/ Politics / News/  Gehlot, Pilot reunite even as BJP seeks to move no-trust motion

NEW DELHI : Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot indicated that the Congress has put its house in order a day before the crucial floor test in the assembly by shaking hands before the start of the legislative party meeting on Thursday evening.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to bring a no-confidence motion if Gehlot does not move a trust vote in the assembly on Friday after the chief minister and Pilot, who had earlier allegedly refused to work with Gehlot, buried the hatchet.

“We are bringing a no-confidence motion tomorrow in the assembly along with our allies," said senior BJP leader Gulab Chand Kataria, the leader of Opposition in the Rajasthan assembly.

Senior party leaders argued that there were a lot of differences in the government and it was important for the people of the state to know that instead of working for the people, the chief minister and former deputy chief minister were fighting against each other at a time covid was ravaging the country.

“The way they have struggled, there are chances that they might bring a vote of confidence in the assembly. However, we are also ready to bring a no-confidence motion," said Satish Punia, BJP’s Rajasthan president.

The meeting between Gehlot and Pilot, which took place at the former’s official residence, came hours after the Congress revoked the suspension of MLAs Bhanwarlal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh. The revocation paved the way for all MLAs who had rebelled against the government to attend Thursday’s legislative party meeting.

Gehlot reiterated the need to bury differences and move on, even as MLAs supporting him questioned the return of rebels. “Whatever misunderstanding occurred in the party in last one month, we need to forgive and forget in the interest of the country, state, people and in the interest of democracy," Gehlot said on Twitter.

The Congress is in a comfortable position in the assembly with 107 MLAs, apart from the support of smaller parties and independents.

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Updated: 14 Aug 2020, 08:18 AM IST
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