The six BJP MLAs from Rajasthan, who had arrived in Gujarat on Saturday (August 8), left for an undisclosed destination in the early hours of Sunday. They were allegedly supposed to stay in Somnath for two days. This comes ahead of the assembly session in Rajasthan, which is scheduled to begin from August 14.
The Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan had been bent on convening an assembly session in view of the apparent crisis triggered by the sudden revolt by Deputy CM Sachin Pilot and 18 MLAs supporting him. Pilot was later sacked from the Cabinet.
The six BJP MLAs had reached Somnath from Porbandar on Saturday evening. One of them, Nirmal Kumawat, told reporters that the Gehlot government was “harassing” the opposition MLAs, and that they had come on a pilgrimage to Somnath to seek mental peace. He had said more Rajasthan BJP MLAs will join them in Gujarat.
Speaking on the issue, Gir Somnath BJP general secretary Mansingh Parmar said the “MLAs left the guest-house by morning. I have no clue where they went. My responsibility was to receive them when they reached Somnath from Porbandar on Saturday, and get them to the guest-house. I had left after dinner. They were supposed to stay here for two days.”
The six MLAs, Nirmal Kumawat, Gopichand Meena, Jabbar Singh Sankhla, Dharamveer Mochi, Gopal Lal Sharma and Gurudeep Singh Shahpini, left between 2-3am accompanied by local BJP leaders to an undisclosed location, guest-house sources said.
Kumawat had told reporters on Saturday that the Gehlot government lacked a majority in the Assembly and that “he is harassing and putting mental pressure on BJP MLAs using SOG (Special Operations Group) and departmental raids.”
(With inputs from agencies)