A regional party with just two MLAS has withdrawn support from the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan, which is trying to weather its worst crisis since 2018, sources said. The ruling Congress stands on the brink of a split in the state, with Mr Gehlot’s deputy, Sachin Pilot, openly rebelling.
Mahesh Bhai Vasava, the chief of the Bharatiya Tribal Party, has written to his MLAs saying his party will remain neutral in case of a floor test in the assembly. The MLAs have been asked to skip any floor test altogether.
Sources, however, indicated that the two legislators of the party may side with Ashok Gehlot, despite threat of action from the party chief.
Mr Pilot has claimed he has the support of 30 MLAs and that government is now a minority. The Congress initially said he has the support of around 16 MLAs. This evening, they revised the figure to 10 or 12.
The Congress has also claimed they have the support of 107 MLAs — a comfortable majority in the 200-member state assembly.
The BJP, which has 73 MLAs, needs the support of at least 28 more legislators to come to power.
Mr Pilot has denied the possibility of a switch to the BJP. The party has denied that any discussion is in progress, though its senior leaders are keenly watching the situation.