Rajasthan political crisis | Re-entry of rebels on merit, says Congress

Ashok Gehlot ready to face floor test, says AICC Rajasthan in-charge Avinash Pande.

July 19, 2020 05:04 pm | Updated November 28, 2021 12:43 pm IST - New Delhi

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is ready to face the floor test, says AICC member Avinash Pande.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is ready to face the floor test, says AICC member Avinash Pande.

With the Rajasthan political crisis continuing for the ninth day, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) leader handling Rajasthan, Avinash Pande, on Sunday said the party will decide on ‘merit’ if some rebel MLAs want to return to the Congress fold.

Also read: Rajasthan political crisis | Congress claims majority, asks rebels to return

Speaking exclusively to The Hindu , the Congress general secretary said Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is fully prepared to demonstrate his strength in the Assembly and his government will complete its term of 5 years.


Mr Pande, however, declined to comment on whether the Congress would make any further attempt to reach out to former Rajasthan Congress chief, Sachin Pilot.

“Ashok Gehlot ji has the numbers but we are fully prepared. If the situation demands, then the Chief Minister can decide on convening a special session of the Rajasthan Assembly,” Mr. Pande said on the possibility of a floor test and added that the party is now awaiting the decision of the Rajasthan High Court.

Also read: Rajasthan political crisis | Vasundhara Raje breaks silence, says ‘I am with BJP and its ideology’

On Thursday, Mr Pilot and 18 of his supporters had moved the High Court against the disqualification notice issued by Assembly Speaker C.P. Joshi.

‘Respond to Speaker’

“The MLAs who didn't follow the instruction of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) should first give a satisfactory reply to the Honorable Speaker’s notice that was issued after our complaint. The party can then decide on merit if some of the Congress MLAs want to come back,” Mr. Pande said.

The AICC Rajasthan In-charge, who posted a video clip of Congress MLAs singing ‘ Hum honge kamyab [We shall overcome]’ on his Twitter handle, claimed the rebel MLAs are “now being fully controlled by the BJP”.

Also read: Rajasthan political crisis | Sachin Pilot’s rebellion with 30 MLAs puts Ashok Gehlot government on edge

Asked about reports that eight or nine MLAs of the Pilot camp are in touch with the Congress, Mr Pande said: “I would not like to comment on speculation.”

Former Union law minister Kapil Sibal , meanwhile, tweeted about the need for a ‘vaccine’ against a ‘virus’ from Delhi that topples elected governments.

“Need for Vaccine: Virus of “corrupt means” to topple elected governments has spread through a “Wuhan like facility” in Delhi. It’s “ antibodies” lie in amending the Tenth Schedule. Ban all defectors from: Holding public office for 5years, Fighting the next election,” Mr. Sibal said.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.