18 September, 2020

Charting Congress Fortunes In Rajasthan: How Long Can Ashok Gehlot Keep Sachin Pilot Away From Hotseat?

Not only differences between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, the frosty relationship between Meenas and Gujjars have left Congress in turmoil in Rajasthan

Not Eye To Eye
Sachin Pilot with Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot
Photograph by PTI
Charting Congress Fortunes In Rajasthan: How Long Can Ashok Gehlot Keep Sachin Pilot Away From Hotseat?
outlookindia.com
2019-06-14T11:14:38+05:30

Even if the party remains in a mode of absolute denial, there have been enough evidences of discord between Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, who is also the president of the state Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC). Every once in a while blisters of disagreements have erupted on the surface, either in the form of sly remarks from either of the two leaders, or direct sniping from partymen of their respective camps.

The latest in this continuum of verbal skirmishes are the comments of a Raj­as­than legislator, Prithviraj Meena, who said that Pilot should replace Geh­lot as chief minister. “We got the majority [in assembly polls] because of Sachin Pilot. Gehlot is not influential anymore. Jats, Gujjars, Meenas, everybody is angry. Who’s going to vote for us then?” said the Todabhim MLA to med­ia­­persons, adding that both times Gehlot went to the polls as CM, the party finished with 56 and 21 seats in the assembly.

A few days ago, Gehlot, who is otherwise very measured in his words,...

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