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BTP MLAs come to rescue by providing much needed help

The Chief Minister of Rajasthan met governor Kalraj Mishra at Raj Bhawan on Monday after two MLAs of Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP) agreed to support his government.
Rhythima Agrawal

Rajkumar Raot and Ramprasad said that BTP Chief Mahesh Bhai Vasav and other leaders agreed to support Gehlot on the condition that the demands related to the development of their state will be fulfilled. The party issued a whip asking Raot and Ramprasad to be neutral. It also told them not to support Gehlot or Sachin if a floor test takes place in the assembly. The two MLAs met CM Gehlot and submitted the party’s support and 17-point demands. Raot said, “We will continue to support the government from outside”. Chief Minister Gehlot tweeted informing about the support by the BTP. He shared a photo with the BTP’s MLAs and office-bearers were giving him a demand letter and said that they have announced to support the government. In a video shared by Raot, he alleged that the police had held him hostage and chased his car when he was trying to leave Jaipur. He clarified the situation later. “I do not know what they had in mind. They said it was a misunderstanding. It’s okay now”, said Raot.

The political crisis started in Rajasthan on 12th July when the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and 10 loyalist MLAs from Jaipur went to Delhi, claiming that they have the support of a total of 30 MLAs to topple the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan. Gehlot called senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi to handle the situation. Senior leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala, Ajay Maken and Avinash Pande reached Jaipur to meet Ashok Gehlot and held a meeting around 9 pm at the Chief Minister’s Residence. The Congress Legislature Party issued a whip to all its MLAs to be present in the meeting which was scheduled to be held at the Chief Minister’s House or strict action would be taken against them. Congress MLAs along with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and other leaders held a meeting for the confidence motion. He demanded the post of Chief Minister of Rajasthan, which he’d been denied after the 2018 Rajasthan Elections.

On 14 July 2020, he was removed from the post of Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and President of Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee along with his 2 MLAs from the post of ministers.

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