12 out of 13 independent MLAs of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly held a meeting in Jaipur on Wednesday and expressed confidence in the leadership of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
The MLAs said that the meeting, which lasted for about an hour at the Circuit House, was called to discuss the current political situation in the state.
There are 13 independent MLAs who have joined the Congress in the state and six from the BSP. MLA Baljit Yadav missed the meeting.
Sirohi MLA Sanyam Lodha told reporters, “We have continuously given strength to the government both inside and outside the assembly. It is our primary duty to give a stable government to the state, which we all independent MLAs are doing.”
Responding to a question on efforts being made to topple the Congress government in the state – as alleged by the Congress and some independent MLAs – Mr. Lodha said, “If that happens we will give a befitting reply. This is Karnataka. No or Madhya Pradesh.”
The Congress had earlier accused the BJP of resorting to undemocratic practices to topple their governments in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh and claimed that the saffron party was now trying to replicate it in Rajasthan.
Independent MLA Ramkesh Meena accused Congress leader Sachin Pilot of playing a role in attempts to destabilize the government.
Earlier this meeting was to be held at Ashoka Hotel but the venue was changed.