Rajasthan trust vote: CM Ashok Gehlot wins trust vote after month long crisis
- India Vahini News/A S DSilva
Updated : 16-8-2020
The CM in his address at the Assembly session before the beginning of the vote, Gehlot had said that he will not let his government collapse at any cost, Gehlot repeated his accusation that the Bharatiya Janata Party had conspired to throw his government out of power. In a tweet after the session, Gehlot said that his government’s victory in the trust vote was a clear message to the forces trying to destabilise the Congress in Rajasthan.
“The way BJP had conspired in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, they applied the same technique in Rajasthan,” Gehlot added. “But they have been exposed.”
Pilot, meanwhile, said that that the trust vote had put an end to all suspicions. “A roadmap has been prepared for all the issues that were being raised,” he said. “I have complete faith, that roadmap will be announced timely.”
During the Assembly session, Pilot was made to sit near the Opposition benches. He dismissed the speculation of bitterness between him and the Congress by saying that only the “bravest and most powerful warrior” were sent to the border.
In an apparent reference to his truce with the Congress, Pilot said that he and the MLAs in his camp had consulted a “doctor” in Delhi and received their cure. Earlier this week, the Congress had formed a three-member panel comprising Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, KC Venugopal and Ahmed Patel to address Pilot’s concerns.
Gehlot and Pilot, who have been feuding for over a month, met at a meeting of the Congress Legislative Party on Thursday. The two leaders smiled and shook hands as they met. “There is no substitute for truth integrity,” Congress leader KC Venugopal had said in a tweet. “The bonds of friendship and ideology are unbreakable, they will stand the test of time & reinvigorate the party.”
After Pilot’s return to the Congress fold, the strength of the Gehlot-led government in the 200-member Assembly rose to 122. The majority mark is 101. BJP had the support of 75 MLAs.
The BJP dropped its plan to move a no-confidence motion against the Gehlot-led government. BJP MLAs, however, criticised the Congress government over its functioning in the last month.
Kataria also alleged that the Congress pushed Sachin Pilot out of the party despite his good work, NDTV reported. “He did such good work on MNREGA and how did you reward him,” Kataria said to Gehlot. “What is our internal matter, leave that to us. Whether there is any hurt or not, leave that to us. You focus on the trust vote.” Rajasthan BJP chief Satish Poonia, in a dig at the Gehlot-led government, said that it was the first time that an elected government anywhere in the world worked from a resort for over a month.