Two MLAs of a regional party in Rajasthan, the Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP), denied today that they were in Sachin Pilot’s camp and said they would meet Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tomorrow before taking a decision.
“We are not in Sachin Pilot’s camp,” said Rajkumar, a BTP MLA, rubbishing reports that he and his colleague had joined the rebels at a hotel in Manesar near Delhi.
The BTP withdrew support from the Congress government earlier this week and said it would stay neutral in the Congress infighting.
Without the two BTP legislators, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot may be on thin ice. His numbers may drop to 104 – just three more than he needs for a majority in the 200-member Rajasthan assembly. That is assuming that three independent members are still on his side after he launched anti-corruption investigations against them. Mr Gehlot, however, claims he has the support of 109.