‘We will lose like in Punjab if..’: Rajasthan Congress MLA amid CM change buzz

In a video, Rajasthan MLA Shanti Dhariwal could be heard saying that the Congress would lose like it did in Punjab if Ashok Gehlot is removed as the chief minister.

Shanti Dhariwal (left) with Ashok Gehlot

File photo of Shanti Dhariwal (left) with Ashok Gehlot. (File photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over 80 Congress MLAs, loyalists of Ashok Gehlot, resigned on Sunday
  • MLA Shanti Dhariwal has said that the Congress would lose if Gehlot is removed as CM
  • Gehlot is going to contest the Congress presidential polls
Amid the crisis in the Rajasthan Congress, a video has emerged showing the meeting of the MLAs just before they went to submit their resignation to Speaker CP Joshi on Sunday.

Before the MLAs went to meet the Speaker, they held a long meeting at minister Shanti Dhariwal’s residence on Sunday. A video of the meeting has now surfaced, where Dhariwal could be heard warning that the Congress may lose if Ashok Gehlot is removed as the chief minister of Rajasthan. Follow Rajasthan Congress LIVE Updates

“Can anyone in the (Congress) high command tell which two posts Ashok Gehlot holds right now? Why is he being asked to give up the CM post now? When he gets the second post then we can talk about this (leaving the CM post),” Dhariwal could be heard saying in the video.

“This is the same conspiracy due to which we lost Punjab. Now we are on the verge of losing Rajasthan,” he added.

“We will lose if Ashok Gehlot is removed as the chief minister,” Dhariwal further said.

On Sunday, over 80 MLAs belonging to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot camp visited the Speaker’s home to submit their resignation. The MLAs were miffed over the party high command’s possible move to make Sachin Pilot the next chief minister in place of Ashok Gehlot, who is going to contest the Congress presidential polls.

Ashok Gehlot may have to relinquish his CM post in Rajasthan after Rahul Gandhi spoke about the ‘one-man, one-post’ pledge.

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