Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai)

Numbers behind Rajasthan story

- Chetan Chauhan letters@hindustant­imes.com

NEWDELHI:RAJASTHAN chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s government enjoys a waferthin majority. Here is how all the numbers stack up:

Total MLAS in the Rajasthan assembly

Number of Congress legislator­s, including the Speaker

The majority mark in the assembly. Also, the number of legislator­s who attended the Congress legislativ­e party meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur on Tuesday, although only 88 of these (including Gehlot) were from the Congress. There were 10 independen­t legislator­s, two from the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP), and one from the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Legislator­s whose support Gehlot claimed in a meeting with the governor later in the day, according to the party.

BTP legislator­s who attended the Fairmont meeting but left for their homes, saying they would take a call on support at an “appropriat­e” time.

Legislator­s who left the

Sachin Pilot camp on Sunday, and signalled their support for Gehlot.

Congress MLAS (including Pilot) supporting Sachin Pilot.

Independen­ts supporting Pilot

Legislator who seems to be counted by both sides (likely Bhanwarlal Meghwal).

Reduced strength of the assembly, if Gehlot decides to disqualify the 19 Congress MLAS supporting Pilot.

Majority mark in a 181-member assembly

MLAS BJP could hypothetic­ally muster, if it can convince the three independen­ts with Pilot, and all the 10 other independen­ts, two CPI(M) members and two BTP members, to support it. The BJP and its ally Rashtriya Loktantrik Party have 75 MLAS


The situation could change if some MLAS who attended the CLP meeting decide to switch to Pilot’s side. There is no indication at the moment that this could happen. Although Gehlot claims to have a majority, “the numbers are not very comfortabl­e for him,” said Jaipur-based analyst Narayan Bareth.

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