Ashok Gehlot moves MLAs to Jaisalmer fearing ‘horse trading’

Jaipur: Alleging that the “rate of horse trading” has increased after the date of announcement of assembly session from August 14, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot moved his MLAs to Jaisalmer some 550 km from the state capital of Jaipur.

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The MLAs had been camping at a hotel outside Jaipur since July 13 after Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs rebelled against the government triggering the political crisis. Charter planes have been hired to take the legislators to the new destination. The MLAs will be moved in batches.

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CM Gehlot on Thursday indicated that he will seek a confidence vote when the assembly convenes next fortnight and claimed that the money offered to the MLAs to switch sides had increased sharply ahead of the session. He added that rebels who have not accepted money should return to the party fold.

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“The floor test will happen; we are going to the assembly. The BAC decides this,” he told reporters, referring to the assembly’s business advisory committee.

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