Congress's Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and senior leaders Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal -- who are on the promised three-member panel to look into the complaint of rebel leader Sachin Pilot -- met Team Pilot this evening. The rebel MLAs have been asked to submit their apology for their actions with the Congress President, after which the disqualification proceedings against them will be withdrawn, sources said.
The panel was one of the key terms of homecoming for Mr Pilot and his 18 loyalist MLAs. In his remarks to the media earlier this evening, Mr Pilot thanked Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for "taking the time to hear us out".
Earlier today, for the first time he started his revolt, Sachin Pilot met Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to work a way out of the impasse that has kept the Ashok Gehlot government on the edge of collapse for a month. The party said they had a "frank, open and conclusive discussion".
Sources said the Gandhis agreed to address "all issues" regarding Rajasthan, including Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's style of functioning, which was the main grouse of the rebel camp. Mr Pilot, a contender for the top job after the party's victory in the 2018 state elections, had demanded a change in leadership.
In a statement later in the evening, the Congress said the party's interim chief Sonia Gandhi has decided that a three-member committee will be formed "to address the issues raised by Sachin Pilot and the aggrieved MLAs and arrive at an appropriate resolution".
It is however, not clear whether Mr Pilot will be reinstated as the Deputy Chief Minister and the state Congress chief -- posts he had lost after he rebelled. Congress sources indicated he may be "adjusted outside Rajasthan". Sources also said removing Mr Gehlot from the post of the Chief Minister, which Mr Pilot has demanded all along, is also "out of the question".
"Mr Pilot is happy and our Chief Minister is also happy. This is a direct slap on BJP''s anti-democratic face. They are the people doing such horse-trading and sabotaging democratically elected government. This is actually a message to BJP''s wrong-doings," Mr Venugopal was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
One of the MLAS - suspended leader Bhanwar Lal Sharma, who was allegedly heard conspiring against the Ashok Gehlot government in a widely circulated audio tape, met Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot this evening. The rest are expected to meet him tomorrow.
The reconciliation came days before the beginning of a special session of the Rajasthan assembly, where Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was expected to hold a trust vote to prove his majority.