Raman Jha: The commotion in Rajasthan in Congress is not going away, and the dispute over the Chief Minister’s chair between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot is becoming more complicated. With the picture of Sachin Pilot at the Bharat Jodo Yatra with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi during the ongoing discord in Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot has once again made a direct political attack on Sachin Pilot. According to Ashok Gehlot, Congress MLAs are opposed to Pilot becoming CM. Gehlot further stated Pilot has only the support of ten MLAs.
Meanwhile, according to sources, Sachin Pilot has sought from the Congress high command that the decision of Rajasthan’s Chief Minister be made solely by secret ballot. According to sources, Sachin Pilot informed the Congress leadership that Ashok Gehlot’s suggestion of backing 10 to 20 MLAs is an attempt to distract my attention. In a meeting with the Congress leadership, Sachin openly opposed Gehlot and stated that the secret opinion of the MLAs should be considered for the position of Chief Minister, which Gehlot will not receive.
हिंदुस्तान के दिल से दिल जोड़कर #BharatJodoYatra का एक और दिन।
हम चल रहे हैं, ताकि आने वाली पीढियां और हिंदुस्तान नफ़रत की चोट से महफ़ूज रह सके। pic.twitter.com/GnF67YxiFi
— Congress (@INCIndia) November 24, 2022
According to sources, Sachin Pilot told the Congress high command that if the majority votes in support of Ashok Gehlot, he will not demand a change of leadership and will contest the elections under Gehlot’s leadership. According to sources, Sachin has informed the high leadership that only a secret ballot verdict will be acceptable to him. Ashok Gehlot should embrace this as well.
गुजरात में जनसभा को संबोधित करने के लिए सूरत हवाईअड्डे पर पहुंचे श्री @RahulGandhi का कांग्रेस पदाधिकारियों ने स्वागत किया। pic.twitter.com/V69K22kxRD
— Congress (@INCIndia) November 21, 2022
But, if Ashok Gehlot is to be believed, the pilots are attempting to divert attention, and the truth is that no matter who the MLAs support, this issue is not hidden from anyone.
The Congress leadership must now make a decision on Rajasthan. Significantly, for the last two months in Rajasthan, the battle for the Chief Minister’s office has been at its climax between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.