Gehlot extends olive branch to rebels

Jaisalmer/Jaipur, August 1

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get the alleged attempt to topple his government stopped and said he was open to welcoming back the Congress rebels led by Sachin Pilot.

 Kalraj Mishra, Rajasthan Governor

‘Govt working from hotels’

It is the very unfortunate for Rajasthan politics as well as for the people of the state that the government is the working from hotels.

Asked if the dissidents will be forgiven, he said, “It depends on the party high command. If the party high command forgives, I shall embrace them.” Since the power tussle between him and Sachin Pilot resurfaced last month, the Congress veteran has used harsh words against his former deputy, once even referring to him as ‘nikamma’ (useless). But Gehlot said he would do whatever the Congress leadership wants. He said the party trusted him and he has been a Union minister, AICC general secretary, state unit president and Chief Minister for a third time.

Ashok Gehlot, CM

End the drama: CM to Modi

n a democracy, fights happen over ideology and policies, not for toppling a government. The PM should get the Rajasthan drama ended.

“What else do I want? I am doing this to serve the public,” he told reporters into Jaisalmer. The Chief Minister was on his way back to Jaipur after an overnight stay at Jaisalmer’s Suryagarh resort, where loyalist MLAs have been shifted.

The Congress has accused the BJP of playing a major role into the rebellion by the now sacked deputy CM and 18 other Congress MLAs. — PTI