Jaipur: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Saturday said that he is open to welcome back the Congress rebels led by Sachin Pilot. “If the Congress high command forgives the dissidents, I will embrace them,” he said.
The Rajasthan CM urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get the alleged attempt to topple his government in Rajasthan stopped.
The Congress veteran, since the power tussle between him and Sachin Pilot resurfaced, has used harsh words against his former deputy, once even referring to him as “Nikamma” (useless).
Addressing the media, Gehlot said he would do whatever the Congress leadership wants. He gave the party the credit for making him the Rajasthan chief minister thrice.
The chief minister was on his way back to Jaipur after an overnight stay at Jaisalmer’s Suryagarh resort, where the loyalist MLAs are reportedly shifted there ahead of the assembly session from August 14.
BJP behind the rebellion by Pilot camp
The Congress has accused the BJP of playing a major role in the rebellion by Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs.
“We have no quarrel with anyone. In a democracy, fights happen over ideology, policies and programmes and not for toppling a government.
“Modi should get stopped whatever is going on in Rajasthan,” the chief minister said.
Gehlot and his ministers are to spend most of their time in Jaipur as the Congress tries to keep its numbers intact.
He claimed that democracy is under threat in the country and the Centre is after his government in the state. He reiterated that the “rate” for luring MLAs away has gone up after the announcement of the assembly session.