Rajasthan political crisis: Sachin Pilot removed as Deputy Chief Minister

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New Delhi : Sachin Pilot was sacked from the posts of Rajasthan's Deputy Chief Minister and the party's state unit chief, by Congress two days after he openly revolted against the Ashok Gehlot-led government in the state.

Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena were also removed from the state cabinet.

AICC spokesperson Randeep Surjewala announced the decision after a Congress Legislature Party meeting held in Jaipur.

"Pilot was ensnared by the BJP to bring down the Congress government in Rajasthan. We have given him many opportunities. He has been an MP and MoS and a state party president. I am sad that Sachin Pilot and some of his colleagues have fallen for a trap laid by the BJP. This is unacceptable," Surjewala said.

The party is also expected to seek the disqualification of all the MLAs that supported Pilot’s rebellion.

Surjewala said Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara will be the new Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief. However a full Cabinet reshuffle is also expected in the next couple of days.

Meanwhile Sachin Pilot changed his designation on his Twitter account to MLA, Tonk. 

After being sacked as deputy CM, he tweeted, "truth can't be defeated."

Chief minister Ashok Gehlot addressing media persons outside Governor House in Jaipur on Tuesday said, “There is nothing in Sachin Pilot's hands, it is the BJP is behind the show. BJP has arranged that resort and they are managing everything. The same team which worked in Madhya Pradesh is at work here.”