Rajasthan CM claims MLAs being lured with bigger bribes, seeks floor test; MLA’s may stay at resort till August 14
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot indicated he will seek a confidence vote when the assembly convenes next fortnight and claimed that the money offered to the MLAs to switch sides had increased sharply ahead of the session. "The floor test will happen; we are going to the assembly. The BAC decides this," he said, referring to the assembly's business advisory committee.
Resort politics: With both the governor and chief minister of Rajasthan finally agreeing on a date when the Assembly will be convened – August 14 – the 100 or so MLAs of Congress and its allies are likely to end up living through the political crisis in the state in a huddle for a month. Rajasthan is likely to end up creating a record irrespective of which party finally takes control.
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