LIVE: Sachin Pilot's office puts out a video of MLAs supporting him

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Even as a political crisis in Rajasthan continues over differences between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, AICC general secretary in-charge of Chhattisgarh, P L Punia on Monday said Pilot was now in Bharatiya Janata Party.

The Rajasthan Congress Legislature Party on Monday passed a resolution supporting the Ashok Gehlot-led government in the state amid a tussle for power between him and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot.

The Congress on Sunday rushed two central observers – Randeep Singh Surjewala and Ajay Maken to iron out issues between Pilot and Gehlot, who have differed on a number of issues since the formation of the party’s government in 2018.

Meanwhile, to stem the spread of coronavirus, a 10-day lockdown will be imposed in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and a few other parts of the district starting today. This lockdown will be in force until July 23. 

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PM takes stock of financial sector, reviews progress of Rs 20 trn package

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took stock of the financial sector which has been hit hard by the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.
 
He also reviewed the progress of a host of measures announced under the Rs 20-trillion Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan package to stimulate the economy and help the MSME sector and poor sections of society. Read more

Life insurance industry to recover in next quarter, says CARE Ratings

Life insurers, which have seen their first-year premiums contract 18.6 per cent in the first quarter of the financial year 2020-21 (FY21), could see recovery in the next quarter, said CARE Ratings. Life insurers also saw the sum assured decline 12.9 per cent from Rs 10 trillion in Q1FY20 to Rs 8.8 trillion in Q1FY21. However, despite a sharp dip in premiums, experts believe the industry is recovering from the initial shocks of the lockdown as June was better compared to May and April. Read more

CPI-based inflation rose to 6.1% in June; food inflation eased to 7.9%

Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based inflation for June stood at 6.09 per cent, slightly above the Reserve Bank of India’s target band of 4 per cent (with a margin of +/- 2 per cent), showed the official data released on Monday. This has raised expectations of another rate cut.  Read more

HDFC Bank probes lending practices at vehicle-financing operation

HDFC Bank has conducted a probe into allegations of improper lending practices and conflicts of interests in its vehicle-financing operation involving the unit’s former head, according to people familiar with the matter.
 
The bank decided against proceeding with an earlier proposal to extend the employment of Ashok Khanna, an 18-year veteran at the bank, after the investigation was completed, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the information remains confidential. The vehicle financing unit he headed had outstanding loans of more than Rs 1.2 trillion ($16 billion) as of March 31.

Rajasthan crisis: Ashok Gehlot claims majority, Sachin Pilot defiant

The Congress in Rajasthan staged a show of strength with several MLAs expressing support to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at the legislature party meeting. However, the MLAs were later packed off to a resort near Jaipur, signalling the rebellion sparked by deputy CM Sachin Pilot is still a threat to the party.
 
Sources said top party leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, were trying to reach out to Pilot to assure that his grievances will be addressed. A report in NDTV said Pilot was still in talks with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
 
Another media report quoted sources close to Pilot to say the rebel camp dismissed Gehlot’s claims. “If they have numbers then why not do a head count, take them to governor instead of moving them to hotel,” the report quoted a source as saying.

PM allows Priyanka Gandhi's request to stay on in Lutyens' bungalow for some time

In a remarkably statesman like move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to a request to allow Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to retain the 35, Lodhi Estate Bungalow for some time. Just when people thought there is witch hunt against the erstwhile first family of Indian politics, the PM's move once again validated his large heartedness.
 
After the government directive to vacate the prime Lutyens real estate property in Lodi Estate, the Centre was approached to allow Priyanka Gandhi to stay there for some more time. Sources close to developments revealed that when the matter was brought to Modi's notice, he said that her request most certainly be accepted.
 
Those who know Modi say that this is not the first time that he has gone out of the way and shown large heartedness towards a family that has left no opportunity to bad mouth him, demean him and use every trick out of the book to nail him. The general impression being that both sides have a visceral hatred for one another.

US to reject nearly all Chinese claims in South China Sea

US officials say the Trump administration is poised to escalate its actions against China by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright nearly all of Beijing's significant maritime claims in the South China Sea.
 
In a move the officials say is expected as early as Monday, the administration will present the decision as an attempt to curb China's increasing assertiveness in the region with a commitment to recognizing international law.
 
But it will almost certainly have the more immediate effect of further infuriating the Chinese, who are already retaliating against numerous U.S. sanctions and other penalties on other matters.

Sachin Pilot's office releases video of MLAs supporting him

CCI directs 10 enterprises, officials to cease, desist from anti-competitive ways

The Competition Commission has directed 10 enterprises and some of their officials to cease and desist from indulging in anti-competitive practices but refrained from imposing monetary penalties in a matter related to cartelisation in bidding for certain tenders of the Indian Railways.
 
Various factors, including the current economic situation due to the coronavirus pandemic and that some of the enterprises were MSMEs, were taken into consideration before the watchdog decided against imposing monetary penalties.
 
The cease and desist order has been passed against ten entities and some of their officials. The entities include Hindustan Composites Ltd, Industrial Laminates (India) Pvt Ltd, BIC Auto Pvt Ltd (now Masu Brake Pads Pvt Ltd), Escorts Ltd (Railway Equipment Division), Rane Brake Lining Ltd and Om Besco Super Friction Pvt Ltd.

Floor open for Sachin Pilot to air grievances: Abhishek Singhvi

Rahul, Priyanka in touch with Sachin Pilot

As the Congress grappled with a crisis in Rajasthan, the top party leadership on Monday appeared to go all out to pacify Sachin Pilot, who has raised a revolt against chief minister Ashok Gehlot, with senior party leaders saying that both Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra talked to the rebel leader.
 

The Congress leadership has also assured Pilot of quick redressal of his concerns, party sources said.
 

These overtures from the Congress top brass came a day after some senior party leaders expressed concern over the crisis in Rajasthan, and sought immediate action from the party leadership to resolve it.

HDFC Bank launches probe on auto loan practices following allegations

HDFC Bank on Monday said it has launched a probe into its auto lending practices following allegations against the conduct of a long-time executive who retired on March 31 this year.
 

"We would like to state that the executive concerned who was on an extension of service retired on March 31, 2020 in the normal course of his employment. The bank has a well established process of investigating every complaint that it receives and takes actions as appropriate," an HDFC Bank spokesperson said.
 

The auto loan department executive could not be contacted for comments.

15th Finance Commission holds meeting with Health Ministry

The 15th Finance Commission on Monday held a meeting with Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and senior officials of the ministry on revising the State Specific proposals of the ministry in light of the Covid-19 experience.
 
The Chairman of the Commission, N K Singh, said looking at the peculiar state of the pandemic, the commission's final report will have a separate chapter on health.
 
The ministry pointed out that presently 35 per cent of the public health expenditure is done by the Centre and 65 per cent by the state governments.

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Do everything to persuade Sachin Pilot: Kuldeep Bishnoi urges Congress leadership

Haryana's Adampur MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi on Monday urged the Congress leadership to do everything possible to persuade Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, saying his exit from the party will deal a severe blow to it, according to a PTI report.
 
The Congress in Rajasthan is witnessing a power tussle between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot, upset since he was denied the the chief minister's post after the December 2018 assembly elections. The current crisis began Friday night when the Rajasthan Police sent a notice to Pilot, asking him to record his statement over an alleged attempt to bring down the government.
 
The same notice was sent to the chief minister and some other MLAs, but Pilot's supporters claimed that it was only meant to humiliate him. Commenting on the issue, 51-year-old Bishoni, who is the younger son of former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal, also batted for promoting young faces with a mass base to strengthen the party.
 
Earlier, Bishnoi had described Jyotiraditya Scindia's exit from the party in March as a big blow and said there are many devoted leaders across the country who feel "alienated, wasted and discontented".

BJP delegation today met Guv Jagdeep Dhankhar over death of BJP MLA Debendra Nath Ray

Bharatiya Tribal Party issues letter to two MLAs to abstain in event of a trust vote in Rajasthan assembly

IT raids in Delhi, Jaipur in tax evasion case against Rajasthan group

The Income Tax Department is conducting searches in four cities, including Delhi and Jaipur, in connection with a tax evasion case against a Rajasthan-based jewellery group, officials said on Monday.
 
They said the raids have been launched early morning in Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Kota. At least 80 tax sleuths apart from police officials are part of the action, they said.
 
They said the department initiated action on the basis of inputs of huge cash transactions taking place and the business group's alleged links to these transactions. Another entity in Rajasthan is also being searched, they said. Official sources did not comment on reports claiming that the searches were linked to the current political crisis in the state.
 

Sachin Pilot, 19 other Rajasthan MLAs skip Congress Legislature Party meeting

Twenty MLAs, including Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, did not attend the Congress Legislature Party meeting held at the residence of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday amid the political crisis in the state, sources said according to an ANI report.
 
Apart from Pilot, Ved Solanki, Rakesh Parik, Murari Lal Meena, JR Khatana, Indraj Gurjar, Gajendra Singh Shaktavat, Hareesh Meena, Deependra Singh Shekhawat, Bhanwar Lal Sharma, Gajraj Khatana, Vijedra Ola, Hemaram Choudhary, PR Meena, Ramesh Meena, Vishvendra Singh, Mukesh Bhakar, Suresh Modi, Virendra Choudhary and Amar Singh Jatav were not present at the meeting.
 
Virendra Choudhary, however, met Rajasthan Congress in-charge Avinash Pande and party leaders Randeep Surjewala and Ajay Maken in the evening.
 
Sources close to Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot have said that the government headed by Ashok Gehlot does not have the numbers claimed by them. They have also said that the Chief Minister's back garden is not the place to prove the majority and it is done in the assembly.

Congress MLAs taken to Hotel Fairmont in Jaipur after CLP meeting at CM Ashok Gehlot's residence earlier today

I am with Sachin Pilot, says Rajasthan Minister Ramesh Meena

Rajasthan Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Meena on Monday said that he is with Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot in the political crisis faced by the Congress government in the state, ANI reported. "I am with Sachin Pilot," Meena told ANI.
 
Sources close to Pilot had earlier said that the government headed by Ashok Gehlot does not have the numbers it claims.
 
They said the Chief Minister's back garden is not the place to prove majority but it is done in the assembly. They also said if the Chief Minister has the numbers as claimed then why not do a headcount and take the MLAs to state Governer instead of moving them to a hotel.
 
Sources close to Pilot also said that he is not joining the BJP.

Cong government in Rajasthan should go: BJP

The Congress government in Rajasthan should go as it has lost the confidence of people, the BJP said on Monday amid a tussle for power in the ruling party.
 
Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot has declared open rebellion against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and claimed that the government is in minority as he has the support of over 30 MLAs in the 200-member Assembly.
 
Asked about speculations that the BJP may support the Pilot camp from outside, party state president Satish Poonia said that "we have all options open" and a decision would be taken based on how the situation evolve and as per the directions of the central leadership.
 
Poonia said that young leaders have always been "neglected and side-lined" in the Congress. Pilot had worked for five years to strengthen the Congress but he was neglected, Poonia added. What is happening in the Congress today is a result of infighting, the BJP leader said.

Sachin Pilot not joining BJP, say sources close to Deputy CM

The government headed by Ashok Gehlot does not have the numbers and the Chief Minister's back garden is not the place to prove majority, sources close to Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot have said and noted that if Gehlot has the claimed numbers why the MLAs have been taken to a hotel and not to the state Governor after meeting of legislators, news agency ANI reported.
 
Sources close to Pilot also said that he is not joining the BJP.
 
They said Gehlot government does not have numbers they claim and CM's back garden isn't the place to prove majority, it's done in assembly.
 
The sources close to Pilot also said if the Chief Minister has the numbers as claimed then why not do a headcount and take the MLAs to state Governer instead of moving them to a hotel.
 
Pilot, who is also Rajasthan Congress chief, did not attend the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting held at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence in Jaipur. After the meeting, Gehlot, party leaders and MLAs flashed a victory sign, apparently expressing confidence that they have the requisite majority in the Assembly. Sources said over 90 MLAs were present at the meeting.
 
The MLAs present at the meeting later left the chief minister's residence in buses.

Some Rajasthan Congress MLAs return home from Manesar hotel

Some of the Congress MLAs from Rajasthan who were staying in a five-star hotel in Manesar as they favoured Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot in his tussle with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot have now returned home, sources said on Monday.
 
According to sources, these MLAs had supported Pilot on a leadership change in the state, but on reaching the hotel, were allegedly told that the Gehlot government would have to be dislodged, and a new dispensation led by the BJP come in its place, according to an IANS report.
 
However, some of them were not keen on this as they wanted to change the Chief Minister but not join the BJP. There was no definitive information on the number of MLAs that had returned or were staying back.

LIVE: BJP adopts 'wait and watch policy' on Rajasthan political crisis

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has adopted "wait and watch policy" regarding the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan, according to sources, ANI reported.
 
"BJP is waiting to see what will happen at the Congress party meeting in Jaipur. We will see how many MLAs will attend the meeting," it added.
 
Asked if there is a possibility of Sachin Pilot joining the BJP, the sources quickly stated, "One thing is definite that Pilot has made up his mind that he will not work with Gehlot. But whether or not he will join BJP, the leaders of the party are not passing out any sort of statements freely."
 
The crisis in Rajasthan Congress intensified with Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot at loggerheads. While Gehlot is blaming BJP for trying to destabilise the state government by poaching MLAs, Pilot is camping in Delhi to speak to the party leadership regarding the political turmoil in the state.

Rajasthan political crisis LIVE: Ashok Gehlot govt doesn’t have numbers they claim, says Sachin Pilot

LIVE: Congress Legislature Party passes resolution accusing BJP of destabilising Gehlot govt

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) on Monday unanimously passed a resolution supporting Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot-led government and accusing the BJP of destabilising the government by indulging in horse-trading of MLAs, ANI reported.
 
The CLP also condemned all "undemocratic" acts to weaken Congress party and its government and demanded action against any Congress office-bearers involved in anti-party activities.
 
"Feared by exemplary works and public service of Congress government, BJP-led conspiracy is trying to destabilise Congress' state government, horse-trading of MLAs and trying to murder democracy by using money and political power," read the resolution.
 
"It is unfortunate that BJP did not learn lessons from the defeat in the Rajya Sabha elections and are trying to destabilise Congress government using corrupt means. This ripping off of democracy by BJP is an insult to 8 crore people of Rajasthan, they will not accept it. CLP meet expresses its confidence in Congress President Sonia Gandhi and leader Rahul Gandhi, and unanimously supports the government led by Ashok Gehlot," it said.
 
"This meet urges that strict disciplinary action be taken against any office-bearer or member of Legislative Party who indulges in activities against the Congress government, party or gets involved in any conspiracy," read the resolution.
 
As many as 107 MLAs attended the CLP meeting, which begun in the afternoon and now has been concluded.
 
"107 MLAs are present at the CLP meeting in Jaipur," Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's media advisor confirmed to ANI.

Top Congress leaders including Rahul, Priyanka in touch with Sachin Pilot to resolve conflict

Amid the political crisis in Rajasthan, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot was approached by top Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and has been offered to talk to observers in Jaipur about his grievances, ANI reported.
 
According to sources, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi other senior leaders like P Chidambaram and KC Venugopal had a word with Pilot about the situation and he has been asked to come and talk to the observers in Jaipur.
 
However, Pilot is yet to reply on this call, sources added. Pilot did not attend the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting held at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence in Jaipur.
 
Earlier in the day, senior Congress leader and spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that if anyone in the party is upset, they should find a solution by discussing with the members of the party.
 
"If anyone is upset in the party which act as a family, they should find a solution by sitting with members of the family...On behalf of Congress leadership, including Sonia Ji and Rahul Ji, I convey that doors of Congress party are always open for Sachin Ji or any member," said Surjewala.

LIVE: Rajasthan Congress Legislature Party backs CM Ashok Gehlot

The Rajasthan Congress Legislature Party on Monday passed a resolution supporting the Ashok Gehlot-led government in the state amid a tussle for power between him and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, news agency PTI reported.
 
It also recommended strong disciplinary action against any Congress MLA and office-bearer who "weakens" the party. The resolution expressed confidence in the leadership of national party president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
 
The Congress Legislature Party expresses full faith and confidence in the leadership of party president Sonia Gandhi and leader Rahul Gandhi. This meeting unanimously supports the Congress government led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, the resolution said. It said the CLP condemns all undemocratic wrongful acts for weakening the Congress Party and the state government.
 
If any of the Congress office-bearers or member of the CLP directly or indirectly performs acts against the government and party or is involved in such a conspiracy, then strong disciplinary action be taken against him, said the resolution.

LIVE: Amid Rajasthan political crisis, ED and IT raid on people close to CM Ashok Gehlot

The Rajasthan political crisis took a new turn on Monday when the Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate teams raided multiple premises connected to people from Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's camp, according to an ANI report.
 
According to IT department officials, searches were underway in offices of veteran state Congress leaders, including Rajeev Arora and Dharmendra Rathod, considered close to the Chief Minister. Unaccounted cash, jewellery, property papers and lockers were seized. The team also reached Bhilwara and Jhalawad to carry out searches, officials said.
 
In wake of this, the Congress has postponed its legislature party meeting by a few hours, while the party's state whip Mahesh Joshi and national media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala hit out at the BJP for "misusing investigative agencies for its self-fulfilling goals".
 
According to IT department sources, searches were also carried out in Delhi at premises of one of the Kothari brothers, who once was awarded a mega irrigation project in Rajasthan and faced complaints of irregularities in dam construction.
 
The sources said that the searches were conducted at the office premises of Om Metals Infra Projects Ltd in Saket area and at Kothari's residential premises in Sainik Farms area. Meanwhile, the ED team also carried out searches at Hotel Fairmont in Jaipur.

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MLAs arrive at Hotel Fairmont in Jaipur after attending CLP meeting at CM Ashok Gehlot's residence

Rajasthan CM Gehlot should have kept his govt intact: BJP's Om Prakash Mathur

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and senior party leader Om Prakash Mathur on Monday commented on the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan and said, "CM (Ashok) Gehlot should have kept his government intact."
 
"People of Rajasthan had given an opportunity to Congress to form government in the state, they should have used it properly. CM Gehlot should have kept his government intact, but he is not able to do it. His party MLAs are not happy with him," Mathur said while speaking to ANI.
 
He also criticised the Congress leaders for calling their MLAs donkeys and horses and added that, "horse will always move for greener pastures."
 
The crisis in Rajasthan Congress intensified with Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot at loggerheads. While Gehlot is blaming BJP for trying to destabilise the state government by poaching MLAs, Pilot is camping in Delhi to speak to the party leadership regarding the political turmoil in the state.

Action be taken for indulging in activities against Congress govt: Resolution passed at Congress Legislative Party meet

Rahul, Priyanka in touch with Sachin Pilot, trying to placate him: Sources (PTI)

Top Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, are in touch with Sachin Pilot and are trying to placate him, a day after the Rajasthan Deputy CM declared open rebellion against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, sources said on Monday according to a PTI report.
 
. Pilot has claimed that the Ashok Gehlot government is in minority and that he has the support of over 30 MLAs in the 200-member Assembly.
 
According to sources, top Congress leaders have talked to Pilot and have asked him not to rebel against the chief minister. They also assured him that his grievances would be redressed at the party level.
 
Besides Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, other Congress leaders who are learnt to have spoken with Pilot are Ahmed Patel, former Union finance minister P Chidambaram and AICC general secretary K C Venugopal.
 
It was not immediately known what transpired during the discussions. Sources said the leaders asked Pilot to attend a Congress Legislature Party meeting in Jaipur, but he has not given any assurance, news agency PTI reported.

Rajasthan govt crisis: Rahul's envy causing Congress' destruction, says Uma Bharti

Amid the crisis in the Congress government in neighbouring Rajasthan, senior BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti on Monday accused Rahul Gandhi of not allowing young leaders to flourish in his party due to envy.
 
She said Gandhi creates rifts between Congress leaders and then blames the BJP when he is unable to control the resultant internal strife.
 
"The envy of Rahul Gandhi is causing the destruction of the Congress. Rahul Gandhi does not allow young leaders to flourish. He creates an environment which creates rifts among party leaders, which he is then unable to control. And then he blames us for the crisis," Bharti said.

Buses parked outside Rajasthan CM's house trigger speculation, MLAs may be shifted to hotel

Four buses reached chief minister's Ashok Gehlot's residence Monday afternoon, triggering speculation that Congress MLAs holding a meeting inside may be shifted to a hotel.
 
A Congress Legislature Party meeting began at the CM's house at 1.30 pm, amid a tussle for power between Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot.
 
Some weeks ago, ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls, the Congress had shifted its MLAs to a resort for about a week to ensure that they were not lured away before the voting.

MLAs leave from residence of CM Ashok Gehlot after Congress Legislative Party meeting concluded

Rajasthan political crisis LIVE: Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting has now concluded

Rajasthan political crisis LIVE: Gehlot, Congress leaders flash victory sign after CLP meet

After the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, party leaders and MLAs flashed a victory sign, apparently expressing confidence that their government has the requisite majority in the Assembly.
 
Leaders and MLAs gathered at Gehlot's residence for the meeting.
 
Over 90 MLAs were present at Gehlot 's residence in Jaipur, for the CLP meeting, said sources. Earlier, senior Congress leader and spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the Gehlot-led state government is stable and will complete the full term. He asserted that Congress held a discussion with Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot several times in the last 48 hours.
 
The crisis in Rajasthan Congress intensified with Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot at loggerheads. While Gehlot is blaming BJP for trying to destabilise the state government by poaching MLAs, Pilot is camping in Delhi to speak to the party leadership regarding the political turmoil in the state.

LIVE: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot shows off strength, claims support of 100 MLAs

A day after Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot claimed that the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan has turned into a minority government after some MLAs went with him, Chief Minister Gehlot on Monday showed a united force at the Legislature Party meeting throwing the show open to media claiming around 100 MLAs were still by his side.
 
As Gehlot managed to put up a brave face and paraded all MLAs in front of the media, the Pilot camp remained out of sight.
 
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala clearly told the media that there was "No scope for personal ambition in the Congress party". However, he added that the oldest party has its doors open for Pilot and his MLAs. "If anyone gets annoyed in the family, the family head tries to resolve the issue. So am I here on behalf of our leader Sonia Gandhi to ensure our party is united".
 
The Congress MLAs gathered at the Chief Minister's Residence here "exuded confidence" that their government is in safe hands. There was sloganeering and Victory signs flashed at the media.
 
Gehlot along with other ministers even shouted in unison: "We stand together". Congress officials told IANS that Pilot's calculations seem to be going wrong and he has hurriedly issued a statement claiming that he has support of 30 MLAs which is not the real case. It seems he has 15 MLAs that means he is short of numbers.

We are 75 but many MLAs want to join us: Rajasthan BJP chief

Amid the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan with Congress standing out open under two heads, BJP state president Satish Poonia on Monday said that they are 75 in number with their alliance RLP (3 seats) but many MLAs from other parties are ready to get associated with the BJP.
 
"There is uncertainty around in terms of political crisis, but one thing is certain that we are 75 in number with our alliance and many more MLAs are ready to join us," said Poonia.
 
He further said that the party shall follow central leadership directions and will wait for the order looking at the evolving political situation in the state.
 
"We will have our own strategies in place but our priority is to ensure that Congress doesn't make a comeback to power as the party has lost its credibility amongst people," Poonia said further and added, "We shall look into the developing situation, like supporting Sachin Pilot but will ensure that Congress doesn't gain power again.

Rajasthan political crisis LIVE: Doors open for Sachin Pilot, says Congress

The Congress on Monday said its doors remain open for Sachin Pilot, the rebel leader who claimed that he has the support of over 30 party MLAs in the state's 200-member assembly, news agency PTI reported.
 
Doors are open for Sachin Pilot and other MLAs, senior leader Randeep Surjewala told reporters here ahead of a crucial meeting of party MLAs. The Congress Legislature Party meeting began about three hours later than scheduled, with ministers and MLAs flashed victory signs for the cameras.
 
The Congress said 109 MLAs have already expressed support for Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, rejecting the claim by Deputy Chief Minister and the party's state unit president Sachin Pilot that the senior leader not have the majority.

Sachin Pilot is a "sincere Congressman", won't quit the party: D K Shivakumar

Amid deepening political crisis in Rajasthan, Karnataka Congress President D K Shivakumar on Monday expressed confidence that Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot will not quit the party and called him a "sincere Congressman". He accused the BJP of trying to destabilise the Congress as part of their agenda.
 
"No, he (Pilot) will not leave. I have full confidence that he will not leave. He is a very sincere Congressman like his father (Rajesh Pilot). He has built the party for the past six-seven years. He is the President (Rajasthan state unit), he has done his best for the party," Shivakumar said.
 
Speaking to reporters here, he said, "there may be some issues, I'm not saying no, but everything will be sorted out."
 
A crucial meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) will be held at Jaipur on Monday, amid deepening political crisis in Rajasthan, and the party has issued a whip to all party legislators mandating their presence. However, Pilot, who has openly displayed rebellion against the leadership of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has made it clear that he was not going to attend the meeting.

Uttar Pradesh Assembly's monsoon session from August 20

The monsoon session of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly will be held from August 20, official sources said on Monday.
 
The session is expected to have around four sittings in which the first supplementary budget of the current fiscal 2020-21 and around a dozen bills, for which ordinances have been promulgated when the Houses were not in session, will be passed. The session will be held by observing social distancing and other health protocols.
 
Assembly officials said that the new norms and guidelines to be followed will be approved at an all-party meeting. Legislators will be seated at a sufficient distance, and some may even be shifted to the visitors' gallery. Passes for the press galleries will also be curtailed for this session.

Gehlot govt in Rajasthan stable, will complete full term: Randeep Singh Surjewala

Senior Congress leader and spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Monday said that if anyone at any post or profile has a problem, they must come forward and mention the issue on the party forum in order to keep Congress government intact in the state. He added that the Congress-led state government is stable and will complete the full term.
 
Surjewala held a press conference in Jaipur along with Rajasthan Congress in-charge, Avinash Pandey and Congress leader Ajay Maken.
 
"If anyone, be at any post or profile, has any problem, they must come forward and mention the issue on the party forum. We will work to resolve it together and keep our government intact in the state," said Surjewala. "I want to clearly state that the Congress government is stable in Rajasthan and we will complete the full term. No amount of conspiracy by BJP will be successful in toppling our government in the state," he added.
 
Surjewala further appealed to all Congress MLAs to take part in the Congress Legislature Party scheduled for today.

Internal power struggle has cost Rajasthan dearly: BJP MP

Former Union Minister and BJP MP PP Chaudhary on Monday said the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan is "internal struggle of power politics that has cost the state, which is now lagging in development."
 
Asked if there is a possibility of Sachin Pilot joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Chaudhary quickly said, "We have crores of members in our party. Our doors are open for everyone."
 
The BJP leader also commented on Pilot's statement of having the support of 30 Congress MLAs. "If he (Pilot) is saying Gehlot government is in minority then we should take his statement seriously," said Chaudhury.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Congress leaders and party MLAs show victory sign

Need thorough probe into BJP MLA's death to unravel truth about political violence: WB Governor

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday said that there is a need for a thorough probe in connection with the death of Debendra Nath Roy, BJP's Hemtabad MLA, in order to unravel the truth about political violence.
 
Tagging West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he tweeted, "Political violence and vendetta shows no signs of abating."
 
"Death of Debendra Nath Roy, Hemtabad MLA-Uttar Dinajpur District, raises serious issues including allegations of murder. Need for a thorough impartial probe to unravel the truth and blunt political violence," he added.

Doors of Congress party are always open for Sachin or any member: Randeep Surjewala, Congress

Rajasthan political crisis: Sachin Pilot's posters removed from outside Rajasthan Congress HQ

In a harsh reality tap amid the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan, Pradesh Congress Committee President Sachin Pilot's posters were removed from outside the state headquarters premise on Monday.
 
Congress officials said that there are chances of a new PCC Chief being announced soon.
 
Rajasthan in-charge, Avinash Pandey said that it is mandatory for all Congress MLAs to attend the party legislature meeting. "Those absent shall be dealt with disciplinary action."

Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane in Jammu

Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane in Jammu today to review the operational preparedness of troops deployed along the border with Pakistan. He will be briefed by senior commanders on the security situation there: Indian Army officials

If anyone, be at any post or profile, has any problem, they must come forward and mention the issue on the party forum: Randeep Surjewala, Congress

If anyone, be at any post or profile, has any problem, they must come forward and mention the issue on the party forum. We will work to resolve it together and keep our govt intact in the state: Randeep Surjewala, Congress.

Over the last 48 hours, Congress leadership has spoken to Sachin Pilot a number of times: Randeep Surjewala

Over the last 48 hours, Congress leadership has spoken to Sachin Pilot a number of times about the present political situation (in Rajasthan): Randeep Surjewala, Congress

All Rajasthan MLAs should take part in the Congress Legislative Party meeting today: Randeep Surjewala

I appeal to all Congress MLAs that people have voted for Congress to lead a stable govt in the state, so all MLAs should take part in the Congress Legislative Party meeting today and make our govt in the state stronger: Randeep Surjewala, Congress

Now, IT raids on Rajasthan Congress leaders

The Rajasthan political crisis took a new turn on Monday when income tax investigators raided on premises belonging to people from Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's camp. Searches were underway in offices of veteran state Congress leaders, including Rajeev Arora and Dharmendra Chaudhary too. Unaccounted cash, jewellery, property papers and lockers were seized. The team also reached Bhilwara and Jhalawad and carried out searches, officials said.
 
Congress has postponed its Legislature Party meeting by half an hour to 11 a.m. Around 74 MLAs have reached the Chief Minister's Residence. Party Whip Mahesh Joshi said that the BJP is "misusing agencies for its self fulfilling goals".

Militant killed in encounter with security forces in J-K's Anantnag

A militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, police said.
 
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation early Monday morning in Srigufwara area, following information about the presence of militants there, a police official said.
 
He said the search operation turned into an encounter around 6.40 am when the hiding militants opened fire at the security forces, who retaliated. Read on...

NCP president Sharad Pawar says his offer of outside support to BJP in 2014 to form government in Maharashtra was a "political ploy"

NCP president Sharad Pawar says his offer of outside support to BJP in 2014 to form government in Maharashtra was a "political ploy" aimed to keep Shiv Sena away from its then ally.

'Suspected heinous killing' of Ray speaks of 'gunda raj' in West Bengal: BJP

BJP president J P Nadda on Monday termed the death of party leader Debendra Nath Ray as a "suspected heinous killing" and alleged that it showed the "gunda raj and failure of law and order" under the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal.
 
Ray was found hanging near his home in Hemtabad area of North Dinajpur district on Monday morning.
 
Nadda said, "The suspected heinous killing of Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad in West Bengal, is extremely shocking and deplorable. This speaks of the Gunda Raj & failure of law and order in the Mamta govt. People will not forgive such a govt in the future. We strongly condemn this."

PL Punia, AICC General Secretary In-charge of Chhattisgarh, tweets clarification on his statement, “Sachin Pilot is now in BJP”

Sachin Pilot was the rightful candidate for the post of Rajasthan CM but Ashok Gehlot took the charge: Rajasthan BJP president

Sachin Pilot was the rightful candidate for the post of Rajasthan CM but Ashok Gehlot took the charge, a conflict in the party began since then. What's happening today is the result of that conflict. The state government has lost the majority: Rajasthan BJP president Satish Punia

I fully back Sachin Pilot, says Sanjay Jha

The suspected heinous killing of Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad in West Bengal, is extremely shocking and deplorable, says J P Nadda

The suspected heinous killing of Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad in West Bengal, is extremely shocking and deplorable. This speaks of the Gunda Raj & failure of law and order in the Mamta govt: BJP President JP Nadda

Sachin Pilot is now in BJP: Chattisgarh Congress In-charge PL Punia

Sachin Pilot is now in Bharatiya Janata Party, says P L Punia

Sachin Pilot is now in Bharatiya Janata Party. Everyone knows BJP’s attitude towards Congress party. We don’t need a certificate from BJP. In Congress Party, all leaders and workers are respected: AICC general secretary in-charge of Chhattisgarh, PL Punia

All eyes on Congress meeting in Jaipur

Amid the political turmoil in Rajasthan, senior leaders of the Congress are keeping an eye on the legislature party meeting to be held in Jaipur on Monday.
 
The Senior Congress leaders are calling MLAs personally to have full attendance during the meet. The party has dispatched two leaders from Delhi, Ajay Maken and Randeep Singh Surjewala, to report back the exact situation to the party high command.
 
Sources close to the Ashok Gehlot camp said that the numbers are with the Chief Minister, however, his Deputy Sachin Pilot in a late night statement claimed that the government in Rajasthan has been in minority after 30 MLAs promised allegiance to him.

MLAs can discuss problems, issues with me: Rajasthan Congress in-charge Avinash Pandey

Rajasthan Congress in-charge Avinash Pandey on Monday said that Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi has assigned him the task of addressing issues of MLAs of the party and the alliance so that the Ashok Gehlot government functions smoothly.
 
"Congress President Sonia Gandhi has specially assigned me this task saying that if any Congrees MLA or any alliance MLA has any problem or wants to discuss their problems, they can come and talk to me and we can work on it," Pandey told ANI here.
 
Earlier, Pandey addressing a press conference along with Randeep Singh Surjewala and Ajay Maken declared that the party had issued a whip to all MLAs to be mandatorily present at Congress Legislature Party meeting to be held at 10:30 am today.
 
"Strict disciplinary action will be taken against any MLA who is absent without mentioning the personal, special reason," Pandey said.

Rajasthan Congress issues whip to MLAs for CLP meeting

The Congress Legislative Party has issued a whip to its MLAs to attend a meeting on Monday in Jaipur, said Rajasthan Congress in-charge Avinash Pande said on Sunday, warning the lawmakers of face disciplinary action if they skip.
 
The meeting has been scheduled to be held at 10:30am .
 
The decision to issue a whip for today's meeting was taken after a meeting at Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot's residence here on Sunday which was attended by around 75 MLAs including ministers. Read on...

Gehlot's govt will complete term; BJP has no reason to cheer: Surjewala

Congress party-led Rajasthan government will complete its five-year tenure and neither the BJP nor its allies have any reason to rejoice, senior Congress leader and spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in Jaipur late Sunday night.
 
"Congress party is united. It will be united and Congress party's government will complete its tenure by serving the people of Rajasthan in the same manner as it is doing now. There is no reason for BJP and its allies to rejoice without any reason," Surjewala told reporters. Read on...

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