The Congress party, late on Monday following a meeting with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, came out projecting a united front, saying that the two senior leaders have decided to fight together against the BJP in the upcoming polls.
“We have decided to fight the elections unitedly. Definitely, we will win the elections in Rajasthan. Both Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot have unanimously agreed with the proposal,” Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal told reporters.
This came following a four-hour-long meet between Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, besides other senior leaders of the party.
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The Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) has been in a state of turmoil since July 2020, when Pilot staged a revolt seeking a leadership change in the state.This came following a four-hour-long meet between Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, besides other senior leaders of the party.
The party had then removed him as Deputy Chief Minister and state Congress president. But tension has been simmering since then. The latest flare-up came after Pilot sat on a daylong hunger strike in Jaipur in April demanding action in corruption cases against the previous Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government.Most Read 1 Gadar 2 box office collection day 4: Sunny Deol film records biggest Monday collections of all time, nets a total of Rs 173 cr 2 Bigg Boss OTT 2 Finale Live Updates: Elvish Yadav wins Salman Khan’s show, Abhishek Malhan shares message from hospital 3 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Status, Quotes, and Photos 4 OMG 2 box office collection day 4: Pankaj Tripathi-Akshay Kumar film delivers better Monday than opening Friday, earns Rs 55.1 cr 5 Jailer box office collection Day 5: Rajinikanth film set to cross Rs 350-crore mark worldwide on Independence Day Also Read | Amid tussle with Pilot, Gehlot says, ‘Believe Congress will be victorious in Rajasthan if it unitedly contests elections’
The Congress initially reacted strongly, with All India Congress Committee’s (AICC) Rajasthan in-charge Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa issuing a statement saying the fast was against party interests and an anti-party activity, but mellowed down later. Pilot’s fast was seen as an attempt to corner Gehlot. Days later, the central leadership held talks with the former Deputy CM.
The Congress had roped in veteran Kamal Nath to mediate between the two sides. Nath met Pilot and AICC general secretary in charge of organisation K C Venugopal. But nothing came out of those talks. Gehlot’s statement earlier this month that Raje, his predecessor, helped save his government in 2020 by opposing the BJP’s attempts to bribe MLAs sparked more tension.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...
Pilot then hit back at Gehlot, saying it appeared that his leader was Raje and not Sonia Gandhi and then undertook a five-day yatra to demand action in corruption cases. The positions of both sides have only hardened since then, with Pilot giving the state government an ultimatum and threatening to launch a statewide agitation if three of his demands were not met and the CM saying that demanding compensation for students who have suffered due to paper leaks is a sign of “mental bankruptcy”.© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd