Rajasthan Political Crisis Live Updates: At Congress Meet, Sachin Pilot-Ashok Gehlot Exchange Smiles, Handshakes

Sachin Pilot returned to Jaipur on Tuesday, ending his month-long rebellion after a meeting with Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot are expected to attend a Congress Legislature Party meeting today. (File)

New Delhi/Jaipur:

Sachin Pilot was greeted with a handshake by Ashok Gehlot at a meeting of Congress MLA at the Rajasthan Chief Minister's home, his first after his reconciliation with the party leadership and "homecoming" after a month-long revolt. The Chief Minister had posted on Twitter this morning that he was all for "forget and forgive" and moving on.

In another major-twist to the political crisis in Rajasthan, the Bharatiya Janata Party has announced that it will move a no-confidence motion against the Ashok Gehlot government in the special assembly session starting tomorrow. The announcement came following a meeting by Vasundhara Raje and other top Rajasthan BJP leaders met earlier today to plan for the session.

Meanwhile, the six MLAs who shifted from Mayawati's party to the Congress will be able to vote during the trust vote of Rajasthan's Ashok Gehlot government. The Supreme Court, which was hearing a BJP MLA's petition for a temporary freeze on the merger, has refused to allow it. The court left the decision to a single judge in Rajasthan, which is hearing the matter.

Here are the updates on Rajasthan political crisis:

Aug 13, 2020 22:26 (IST)
Why The BJP In Rajasthan Wants A No-Confidence Motion It Can't Win
The BJP in Rajasthan today announced a surprising decision to move a no-confidence motion, just three days after the Congress patched up with rebel Sachin Pilot, fortifying the government led by Ashok Gehlot."
Aug 13, 2020 22:26 (IST)
Why The BJP In Rajasthan Wants A No-Confidence Motion It Can't Win
The BJP in Rajasthan today announced a surprising decision to move a no-confidence motion, just three days after the Congress patched up with rebel Sachin Pilot, fortifying the government led by Ashok Gehlot."
Aug 13, 2020 21:54 (IST)
Situation in Rajasthan Congress due to internal rift, BJP has got nothing to with it: Narendra Singh Tomar
The problems in Rajasthan unit of Congress are due to their internal issues, the BJP has got nothing to do with it and they will be the only ones responsible, if and when the government falls in the state, said Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday.

"I want to tell the Congress leaders and the Chief Minister that they should not put the burden of their failures on someone else''s shoulder. The situation in Congress is due to their differences and internal rift, BJP has nothing to do with, whenever the Congress government (in the state) falls, it will be because of their own doings," Mr Tomar told reporters.

Aug 13, 2020 19:51 (IST)
Smiles, Handshake As Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot Meet After Congress Truce
Sachin Pilot was greeted with a handshake by Ashok Gehlot at a meeting of Congress MLAs at the Rajasthan Chief Minister's home, his first after his reconciliation with the party leadership and "homecoming" after a month-long revolt. The Chief Minister had posted on Twitter this morning that he was all for "forget and forgive" and moving on.
Aug 13, 2020 17:33 (IST)
Ashok Gehlot-Sachin Pilot face-to-face at meeting after truce
Sachin Pilot was greeted with a handshake by Ashok Gehlot at a meeting of Congress MLA at the Rajasthan Chief Minister's home, his first after his reconciliation with the party leadership and "homecoming" after a month-long revolt. The Chief Minister had posted on Twitter this morning that he was all for "forget and forgive" and moving on.

Aug 13, 2020 16:43 (IST)
Rajasthan: Boost for Ashok Gehlot, 6 ex-BSP MLAs can join assembly session tomorrow as Supreme Court says won't interfere for now
Six MLAs who shifted from Mayawati's party to the Congress will be able to vote during the trust vote of Rajasthan's Ashok Gehlot government, which, sources said, is likely to be held tomorrow. The Supreme Court, which was hearing a petition for a temporary freeze on the merger, has refused to allow it. The court left the decision to a single judge in Rajasthan, which is hearing the matter.
Aug 13, 2020 16:12 (IST)
Rajasthan: BJP To Move No-Confidence Motion Against Ashok Gehlot Government Tomorrow
In a huge twist to the Rajasthan Congress crisis, the BJP has announced that it will move a no-confidence motion against the Ashok Gehlot government in the special assembly session starting tomorrow.
Aug 13, 2020 15:46 (IST)
JUST IN: BJP to move no-confidence motion against Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan Assembly tomorrow
Aug 13, 2020 15:45 (IST)
Supreme Court to take up BJP MLA plea against the merger on August 17

Six MLAs who shifted from Mayawati's party to the Congress will be able to vote during the trust vote of Rajasthan's Ashok Gehlot government, which, sources said, is likely to be held tomorrow. 

The Supreme Court, which was hearing a BJP MLA's petition for a temporary freeze on the merger, has refused to allow it. The court left the decision to a single judge in Rajasthan, which is hearing the matter.

The petition had asked the top court to urgently take a call on the matter in view of the beginning of the assembly session.  (Read full story here)
Aug 13, 2020 15:38 (IST)
Aug 13, 2020 15:37 (IST)
Congress MLAs to meet at Ashok Gehlot's home at 5 PM

Sachin Pilot has been invited to a Congress meeting at Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's home at 5 PM. This will be his first after his reconciliation with the Congress leadership and "homecoming". The Chief Minister announced the meeting of Congress MLAs after tweets this morning that he was all for "forget and forgive" and moving on.
Aug 13, 2020 15:35 (IST)
The MLAs on Team Gehlot returned to Jaipur on Wednesday and were driven straight to Fairmont, the resort they had stayed in during the rebel crisis. They are likely to stay there till the Friday session, a sign that Mr Gehlot is not dropping his guard.
Aug 13, 2020 15:33 (IST)
Sachin Pilot returned to Jaipur on Tuesday after ending his month-long rebellion

Sachin Pilot returned to Jaipur on Tuesday after ending his month-long rebellion. The truce was announced on Monday after he met with Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who reassured him that his grievances would be addressed.

Ashok Gehlot left Jaipur before Mr Pilot arrived and chose to fly to Jaisalmer, where he had put up 100-odd MLAs to guard his flock for a possible trust vote on Friday.

Aug 13, 2020 15:33 (IST)
To help smooth things over, the Congress has despatched senior leader KC Venugopal, who will be present at the meeting.
Aug 13, 2020 15:32 (IST)

Sachin Pilot has been invited to a Congress meeting at Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's home at 5 PM, his first after his reconciliation with the Congress leadership and "homecoming". The Chief Minister announced the meeting of Congress MLAs after tweets this morning that he was all for "forget and forgive" and moving on.