Rajasthan crisis: Congress claims rebel MLAs being moved to Karnataka

Party accuses BJP leaders, including Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, of conspiring with the MLAs backing Pilot to bring down the Ashok Gehlot-led government in Rajasthan

Pilot and the 18 rebel MLAs were issued disqualification notices by the speaker after they skipped the Congress Legislature Party meeting twice. Photo: PTI (File)

Amid high drama in Haryana, where 18 Congress MLAs supporting former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot have been camping, the Congress on Saturday (July 18) claimed that the legislators were being shifted to Karnataka, Hindustan Times reported.

The allegation comes a day after police personnel from Rajasthan were stopped from entering the premises of resorts where the 18 legislators had been camping, following the issuance of disqualification notices by Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi.

According to the report, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera has accused BJP leaders, including Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, of conspiring with the MLAs backing Pilot to bring down the Ashok Gehlot-led government in Rajasthan.

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Meanwhile, Govind Singh Dotasra, the president of Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee, has claimed that the Haryana police had prevented the Special Operations Group of the Rajasthan police from entering the premises of the resort until the MLAs were moved out, the report added.

On Friday (July 17), Sachin Pilot and other Congress dissidents got a four-day reprieve from any action by the Speaker on the disqualification notices served on them, as the Rajasthan High Court extended the hearing into their petition to the next week.

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