We have confidence in the high command of the party: pilot camp of Sachin
New Delhi/Jaipur: Former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot’s camp has decided not to confront Rajasthani lawmakers seen as loyal to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and await the party leadership’s decision on the new chief minister of the state.
A senior MP from Pilot’s camp says his strategy is to ‘wait and watch’, not ‘confront’ lawmakers who opposed Pilot being elevated to chief minister to replace Ashok Gehlot , as the veteran politician is elected as a party. national president. “We believe the party high command will deliver on their commitment to make Pilot chief minister and conduct the 2023 assembly elections under his leadership,” the MP said.
On Sunday, around 92 of the 108 congressmen considered close to Ashok Gehlot gathered at the home of Urban Development Minister Shanti Dhariwal, who considered himself in the running for the post of CM, and decided to oppose the resolution of a line likely to be adopted at the meeting of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) authorizing the president of the party, Sonia Gandhi, to select the CM to replace Gehlot.
These deputies claimed to have tendered their resignation from the State Assembly to President CP Joshi, also a candidate for the post of CM. After midnight, the deputies went home, which led to the cancellation of the PLC meeting. Central observers appointed to oversee the PLC, Mallikarunja Kharge and Ajay Maken, returned to Delhi on Monday afternoon.
Pilot camp leaders claimed that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi supported the elevation of Sachin Pilot. “Ashok ji is given a primary national role and state-specific pilot work to ensure that Congress returns to power in the state in the upcoming elections,” he said.
KL Bairwa, chairman of the Rajasthan Scheduled Caste Commission and a pilot loyalist, said they would not react to what the Gehlot camp MPs say. “We have full confidence in the party high command and believe that the high command will deliver justice,” he said.
When asked if the rebellion had been orchestrated by CM Gehlot, Bairwa said it was the chief minister, who accepted for the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) and as leader of the house, would have had to make sure the meeting took place. “It was the decision of the CM to bring a one-line resolution authorizing the high command of the party to appoint the next chief minister. CM should tell the party high command why this did not happen,” he said.
According to leaders close to Ashok Gehlot, the chief minister told party observers Mallikarjuna Kharge and Ajay Maken that the MPs were not under his control. “They are angry that a group that had rebelled against the party in 2020 was privileged and that the 102 loyal members of Congress were ignored,” said a leader considered close to Gehlot.
On this, Bairwa retorted that if this was the view of the Gehlot camp, why were five deputies from the pilot camp inducted into the cabinet and some of them, including himself, appointed as chairmen of councils? administration and companies in Rajasthan. “Ashok ji has accepted five deputies as cabinet ministers. This clearly shows that we are part of Congress and part of the government,” he said.
Earlier, Pilot said the 2020 rebellion was not against Congress but against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s “autocratic” operation. Then Gehlot called Pilot a ‘nikamma (useless)’ and in 2022 he clarified that it was simply a case of a senior berating a young leader and not to be taken on foot. of the letter.
Nonetheless, Gehlot and Pilot were rarely seen together after the 2020 rebellion even though they were at the Bharat Jodo Yatra with Rahul Gandhi in Kochi on September 22.
Another lawmaker close to Pilot said Gehlot and Pilot had discussed the smooth transition of power with Rahul Gandhi in Kochi and it seems the whole rebellion was designed to prevent Pilot from becoming the CM. “This is a clear challenge to the party high command by the Gehlot camp,” the third MP said. He added that Pilot will meet senior party leaders in New Delhi to brief them on Sunday’s events in Jaipur.