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Respite for Gehlot as Sachin Pilot returns empty-handed from Delhi

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Congress MLA Sachin Pilot, who unsuccessfully led a rebellion against Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot last year, has returned to Jaipur empty-handed after spending a week in Delhi and Haridwar. Pilot for a long time is seeking the rehabilitation of the dissident group, but has failed in his endeavours, with Gehlot not expanding the Cabinet.

Pilot had gone to Delhi to meet Priyanka Gandhi after his public statement urging the political rehabilitation of the rebel MLAs. Pilot reiterated the demand after Jitin Prasada, a former close aide of Rahul Gandhi, dumped the Congress to join the BJP. The defection of Prasada resulted in speculations that Pilot could be the next Congress leader to leave the grand old party.

Pilot’s futile exercise

Pilot could not meet Priyanka Gandhi or any other leader of significance in the Congress to explain his grievances. The visit to Delhi proved to be a futile exercise as Pilot, who revolted openly along with 19 dissident MLAs against Gehlot, found nobody who could listen to his grievances.

Pilot drove to Haridwar from Delhi to meet Qazi Nizamuddin, a Congress MLA of Uttrakhand. Qazi is the co-AICC in charge of Rajasthan. Pilot said he had gone to meet Qazi to condole the recent death of his mother.

Ashok Gehlot’s ‘health’ issue

Gehlot has recently said that he would not meet any MLA for the next two months on the advice of the doctors. He said he had tested positive for COVID-19 and he has been advised by doctors to take proper precautions and stay away from meeting people.

The chief minister would attend virtual meetings only. This way, he has sent feelers to the party MLAs that the expansion of the cabinet has been kept on hold for the next two months.

Sachin Pilot supporters losing patience

The MLAs who sided with Pilot in the rebellion against Gehlot are losing patience and out of the 18 MLAs, only six MLAs are left with Pilot. MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma, who sided with Pilot last year, came out with a public statement that Pilot should realise that Gehlot is his senior and a taller leader.

Three other MLAs, who supported Pilot, have praised Gehlot for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis. Some of the dissidents have issued diplomatic statements saying that they were with Pilot, but above all, they were loyal Congress workers.

 

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