Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and Congress leader Sachin Pilot is likely to join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday, TV reports have claimed amid the ongoing crisis within the Rajasthan Congress. If reports are to be believed, Pilot is expected to join the BJP in the presence of BJP chief JP Nadda.
The reports came after Pilot met his former colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday.
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) July 12, 2020
“Sad to see my erstwhile colleague Sachin Pilot too, being sidelined and persecuted by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Shows that talent and capability find little credence in the Congress,” tweeted Scindia, whose defection to the BJP led to the collapse of Congress government in Madhya Pradesh earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Pilot is said to be in touch with some BJP leaders but saffron party sources declined to comment on whether it has held any discussion with him.
“Is he in Delhi? I didn’t know about it”, said Congress in-charge Avinash Pande on being asked if he met Sachin Pilot in Delhi.
Notably, Pilot, who is camping in Delhi, has declared open rebellion, claiming that he has the support of 30 Congress MLAs and some independents in the state assembly.
Meanwhile, the Congress Legislative Party has issued a whip to its MLAs to be mandatorily present at Congress Legislature Party meeting to be held on Monday in Jaipur.