Minutes after sacking Sachin Pilot from the office of the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan, CM Ashok Gehlot remarked that the political crisis in Rajasthan was BJP's handiwork.
He said that there was nothing in Sachin Pilot's hands, and that the show was being run by BJP. He also drew a parallel between the present crisis in Rajasthan and what BJP did in MP.
As per ANI, Gehlot said, "There is nothing in Sachin Pilot's hands, it is the BJP which is running the show. BJP has arranged that resort and they are managing everything. The same team which worked in Madhya Pradesh is at work here."
Earlier, Sachin Pilot was removed from the position of the Deputy CM of Rajasthan. Govind Singh Dotasra has been appointed as State Unit Chief.
CM Ashok Gehlot's proposal to remove Pilot from his position was earlier approved by Rajasthan's Governor Kalraj Mishra.
The abrupt change has come in the midst of an intensified face-off between CM Gehlot and Deputy CM Pilot.
Earlier in the day, Pilot and 16 other MLAs had skipped the second Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting scheduled for Tuesday noon. They had also skipped the first CLP meeting.
Congress leader RS Surjewala, as reported by ANI, said, "I regret that Sachin Pilot and some of his associates have been swayed by BJP's plot and are now conspiring to topple the Congress govt elected by 8 crore Rajasthanis. It is unacceptable."
Meanwhile, reacting to the official announcement, Sachin Pilot tweeted, "Truth can be disturbed, cannot be defeated."