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Ashok Gehlot government wins Rajasthan trust vote after Sachin’s homecoming

The Congress government of Ashok Gehlot scored an expected win today in a trust vote in the Rajasthan assembly that capped weeks of turmoil over a rebel crisis that had pushed it to the verge of collapse, as published by NDTV.

The vote took place a day after Ashok Gehlot’s patch-up with sacked deputy Sachin Pilot, who ended his rebellion against the Chief Minister earlier this week. Mr Gehlot, having established his majority in the assembly, has won a six-month reprieve from any challenge to his government. Just before the session started, he had tweeted: “It would be the victory of the people of #Rajasthan and the unity of our Congress MLAs, it would be a victory of truth: Satyamev Jayate.”

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The highlight of the short debate was an intervention by Sachin Pilot, whose seating in the Rajasthan assembly has been changed since he was sacked as Deputy Chief Minister. Mr Pilot has been assigned a second row seat closer to the opposition than the government benches. “Now I am next to the opposition. I have been sent to the sarhad (border). That is because only the bravest and strongest warrior is sent to the border,” he said, responding to digs from the BJP.

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