After ten years, once again, the magic of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was seen. After merging the BSP Legislature Party with the Congress, Gehlot said on Tuesday that I am a “musician”. In his last tenure as CM, Gehlot merged the entire BSP Legislature Party into the party in 2009, including all 6 BSP MLAs in the Congress.
Late Monday night, Gehlot once again showed the same magic and included all the 6 BSP MLAs in the Congress. It was also a coincidence that in the year 2008 too, 6 BSP MLAs joined Congress and now in 2019 also all 6 BSP MLAs have joined Congress. After 6 BSP MLAs join the Congress, Gehlot will be strong in the internal politics of the Congress. Gehlot has become heavier in the game of check and match with Deputy Chief Minister and Congress State President Sachin Pilot. Till now, the number of Pilots supporting MLAs in the 101-member Congress Legislature Party was high.
Gehlot became the CM due to the confidence of the Congress high command. Due to the large number of his supporting MLAs, Pilot used to pose a crisis in front of Gehlot from time to time, but Gehlot will be strengthened in the internal politics of the Congress by the BSP MLAs joining the Congress. Due to the ongoing tussle with the pilot, Gehlot was not able to take decisions in the government of his own accord and had to reach the high command regarding each case.
The examination will be held in the by-elections and body elections
The party will benefit from the BSP’s 6 MLAs joining the Congress. According to political analysts, along with the by-election of Khivansar in Nagaur district and Mandawa assembly constituency in Jhunjhunu district, the Congress will definitely gain some advantage in the elections of 52 urban bodies. However, how much will these MLAs bend to the BSP’s committed vote bank will be tested in two assembly by-elections and body elections. In the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress had lost two seats in Alwar and Bharatpur due to the BSP, but now the Congress hopes to compensate for this loss to a large extent in the local bodies and panchayat elections.
Nobody even got a clue
Gehlot kept the plan of including BSP MLAs in Congress completely confidential. State Congress Committee President and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and State In-charge National General Secretary Avinash Pandey were also informed about this at 10 pm on Monday night. Gehlot called the MLAs at his government residence at 10 pm and then after an hour-long conversation sent him out at 11 pm with Dr. Subhash Garg, Minister of State for Higher Education.
In the presence of Garg, some BSP MLAs announced the merger of the entire Legislature Party with the Congress by calling some media persons in a hurry. After this, all the MLAs went to meet the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Dr. CCP Joshi at his residence and handed over a letter to them about the merger.