Pi­lot camp de­nies meet­ing BJP leader

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No one from the BJP ei­ther met us or dares to meet us. It is an at­tempt to de­fame us

MU­RARI MEENA, the rebel Congress law­maker from Dausa

JAIPUR: A rebel Congress law­maker from for­mer deputy chief min­is­ter Sachin Pi­lot’s camp on Tues­day de­nied claims that they met state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief, Satish Poo­nia, in Haryana’s Mane­sar twice in July amid al­leged at­tempts to top­ple chief min­is­ter Ashok Gehlot’s gov­ern­ment in the state.

The BJP has maintained it has noth­ing to do with the re­bel­lion against Gehlot.

An of­fi­cer, who is part of the Special Op­er­a­tions Group (SOG) probe into the al­leged at­tempts, on Mon­day said Poo­nia met the Pi­lot camp law­mak­ers be­tween July 18 and July 29.

Mu­rari Meena, the rebel law­maker from Dausa, said the news about their al­leged meet­ings with Poo­nia has been spread to de­fame them.

“No one from the BJP ei­ther met us or dares to meet us. It is an at­tempt to de­fame us,” said Meena over the tele­phone from Mane­sar.

Poo­nia has also de­nied the claims about his meet­ings with the Pi­lot group. “I have never met Pi­lot or any other rebel MLA [mem­ber of leg­isla­tive assem­bly]. Po­lice are speak­ing the gov­ern­ment’s lan­guage.”

Meena said they were yet to take a call on at­tend­ing the assem­bly ses­sion from Au­gust 14.

“It is still 10 days away. We will sit to­gether and de­cide on our fu­ture strat­egy.”

The SOG has sep­a­rately dropped the sedi­tion charges in the three cases re­lated to al­leged ef­forts to top­ple the Gehlot gov­ern­ment and trans­ferred them to the state’s anti-cor­rup­tion bureau.

Pi­lot was re­moved as the Congress’s state unit chief and deputy chief min­is­ter for his re­bel­lion last month against Gehlot. Pi­lot and 18 leg­is­la­tors sup­port­ing him on July 12 ques­tioned Gehlot’s lead­er­ship and called for his re­moval.

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