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Non-political Raj actor who saved day for Congress

THE ASIAN AGE. | SANJAY BOHRA
Published : May 22, 2018, 12:35 am IST
Updated : May 22, 2018, 12:35 am IST

It wasn’t a coincidence that prior to Friday’s vote of confidence, 116 Congress and JD (S) legislators spent 100 hours in buses of Sharma Travels.

Ashok Gehlot
 Ashok Gehlot

Jaipur: There is a Rajasthani hand in saving the day for the Congress in Karnataka. There were three Rajasthanis who played a crucial role in checking the BJP to poach MLAs from Congress and JD(S) and form the government.

The fact that H.D. Kumaraswamy will take oath to form coalition government of the Congress and JD (S) is due to three Rajasthanis apart from other players. Two of them, AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot and Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi are known quite well, but no one is aware of the third one, a non-political actor whose contribution is no less important.

It wasn’t a coincidence that prior to Friday’s vote of confidence, 116 Congress and JD (S) legislators spent 100 hours in buses of Sharma Travels. The owners belong to Siriyari in Pali district in Rajasthan and close to Gehlot’s home town Jodhpur.

With stakes so high, the Congress managers were not prepared to take any chance. When the DGCA allegedly denied permission to charter flights to Kochi, it was decided to take MLAs to Hyderabad by road and the task was entrusted to Sunil Sharma and Tejraj Sharma. The latter was in constant touch with Mr Gehlot.

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