As BJP ring-fences its flock, Ashok Gehlot reaches out to all Rajasthan MLAs | India News – Times of India

JAIPUR/JAISALMER: Bracing for a possible trust vote during the special assembly session from August 14, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Sunday sent out a three-page communication urging all MLAs in the 200-member House to “listen to the voice of the people to save democracy and stand with the truth in the interest of the state”.
The appeal came even as he fired a factionalism barb at BJP for “ring-fencing” its MLAs at different locations, flayed the Sachin Pilot-led Congress dissidents for “falsely” accusing him of having filed sedition cases against them and kept his own flock insulated in Jaisalmer from any poaching attempt by either side.
“Even as the government is working day and night (to fight off the Covid-19 pandemic), some of our (Congress) colleagues and certain leaders in the opposition are conspiring to topple our democratically elected government. This is unfortunate,” states Gehlot’s lengthy note to the legislators.
The note harks back to “a similar conspiracy” against the erstwhile BJP government led by the late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and how Gehlot, who was then a Union minister and PCC chief, opposed horse-trading of MLAs. “The people of the state would never want such a tradition to be set in Rajasthan. Currently, the people of the state are in deep anger against the elected representatives involved in this conspiracy.”
The note ends with an impassioned appeal, “You may be a legislator from any political party, (but) you should understand the sentiments of your peers, your family members and your voters and decide to ensure that the majority government elected by the people keeps working firmly for the welfare of Rajasthan and that the plans to destabilise the government do not succeed.”
Later in the day, Gehlot said BJP shifting 20 of its 72 Rajasthan MLAs to Gujarat and corralling the rest at different locations within the state could mean the party is riddled with factionalism.
The CM argued that Congress legislators being confined to two resorts in Jaisalmer — they were earlier holed up in a Jaipur hotel for almost the whole of July — was different because the party needed to thwart alleged horse-trading by BJP. “But why is BJP worried? It is ring-fencing its MLAs at three-four locations in a selective manner. I can see friction in them,”he told reporters at Jaisalmer airport.
Gehlot also targeted the 19 Congress dissident MLAs for wrongly “creating the impression” that notices issued to them by the SOG, which filed three sedition cases last month, had been engineered by the state government. The CM said even he received a notice from the SOG.

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