Former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, who led a rebellion against chief Minister Ashok Gehlot along with the two ministers Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena, got a lukewarm response from Rahul Gandhi.
During Rahul Gandhi’s two-day tour of the state, he addressed rallies in Sri Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Ajmer, and in Nagaur districts, and Sachin Pilot was kept at the fourth slot in the protocol after Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, and the PCC president Govind Singh Dotasara.
But at the advice of AICC general secretary Ajay Makan, he was allowed to share the dias.
Sachin Pilot & rebellion
Pilot ever since the rebellion has been fighting for a coveted position in the Gehlot cabinet, but the chief minister has not allowed his rehabilitation as well as that of two cabinet ministers – Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena.
Pilot has not got the support of Rahul Gandhi or Priyanka Gandhi, on whose advice he returned to the party’s fold after the rebellion.
Pilot has been active in politics holding his rallies but he never criticizes Gehlot or his government. Sachin Pilot gathers a good crowd during his rallies, but a large number of the crowd are people from the Gujjar community to which he belongs.
On the first day of Rahul Gandhi’s tour, Pilot was allowed to speak briefly only in Padampur. At the Padampur rally, Pilot talked about the task undertaken by the Congress party to be with the farmers and oppose the farmer’s bill.
He was lustily cheered by the people when he spoke and he gave Rahul Gandhi full marks for leading the farmer’s agitation.
Rahul Gandhi’s visit
Rahul Gandhi during his two-day tour did not interact much with the senior leaders and during the meetings he only chatted with Gehlot, KC Venugopal, Maken, and Doasara and Pilot did not get any chance to speak to him.
During his tour of Sri Ganganagar and Hanumangarh, the crowd was not enough. The local Congress had made a very different kind of a dais and the leaders spoke from the dais sitting on a charpoy. There were no chairs for the crowd and the crowd also heard the leaders speak sitting leisurely on the charpoys spread in the pandal.
The Vidhan Sabha was on when Rahul Gandhi was on a tour of the state and in the absence of the chief minister, the urban development and parliamentary affairs minister Shanti Dhariwal handled the affairs. He was assisted by the chief whip, Mahesh Joshi.
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