Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who has declared an open revolt against the Congress, said today that he is “not joining the BJP”.
The 42-year-old, who is also the chief of the Rajasthan Congress, claims the support of 30 MLAs, enough to bring down the government led by his arch-rival and boss Ashok Gehlot.
The Congress has disputed his claim; the party says it has 109 MLAs – the half-way mark in the 200-strong assembly is 101 – and Mr Pilot has 16 MLAs at best.
The BJP has been in a “wait and watch” mode over the unfolding crisis in the Congress in Rajasthan and will closely monitor Ashok Gehlot’s meeting as it decides its next course of action, party sources said on Sunday.
Mr Pilot’s aides do not deny a dialogue with the BJP though they say negotiations are not active.