Former deputy chief minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot will hold talks with AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on the current political crisis in Rajasthan Congress. Pilot has denied the speculation that he was joining the BJP.
The Congress leader said he never had any conversation with BJP leader Rita Bahuguna on the issue of joining BJP. Bahuguna, a former Uttar Pradesh Congress president, deserted Congress to join BJP a few years ago.
On Friday, Pilot went to Bhandana village in Dausa district to attend a memorial programme of his late father, Rajesh Pilot. On this day, June 11, his father passed away in an accident several years ago. Every year on June 11, a memorial service is organised. But, this year it was a low-key affair with Pilot just offering flowers at his father’s statue. Last year, all 18 dissidents were present at the function. But on Friday only three MLAs, who are among the 18 dissidents were present.
Sachin Pilot’s rebellion
Pilot had led a rebellion last year along with 18 dissidents and posed threat to the Ashok Gehlot government. The dissidents during the peak COVID-19 crisis camped in Gurgaon and exerted pressure on Gehlot for including some Pilot loyalists in the Cabinet.
The drama continued for almost a month. But Pilot agreed to return to the party along with the dissidents after being assured by Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi that his grievances will be heard.
But the former deputy chief minister, frustrated after being denied any rehabilitation again raised the issue to attract the attention of the party’s high command. But it is learnt that Pilot after leading the rebellion when he was supported by 18 MLAs lost considerable clout and now only six-seven MLAs are with him. Due to the rebellion, two ministers Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena were sacked. Now, Vishvendra Singh is openly supporting Gehlot.
Ashok Gehlot has been summoned to Delhi and would hold talks with Priyanka Gandhi. Pilot has been demanding expansion of the ministry and inclusion of his loyalists in the Cabinet and also positions for his loyalists in various political posts.
Meanwhile, Hemaram Choudhary, a former minister who supported Sachin Pilot and who tendered his resignation as a member of the Vidhan Sabha, said he has sent his resignation to the Speaker and meet him whenever he is summoned.
Choudhary was annoyed with the chief minister for not providing budgetary sanctions to his constituency Gudamalani in the Barmer district.
To read the latest news in Gujarati click here