Cong may again entrust him with some key responsibility in State politics
After calling off his rebellion against Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Congress leader Sachin Pilot returned to Jaipur on Tuesday amid indication that the party high command may again entrust him with some “significant” responsibility.
There were telltale indications of this proposition. To start with, the high command set up a three-member committee consisting of senior leaders to look into the issues raised by Pilot and some MLAs against Gehlot’s style of functioning.
If Pilot was not going to be associated with the State Government or State Congress, there would have been no need to set up such a committee, which would primarily ensure better coordination between Pilot and Gehlot in the future.
Secondly, throughout the day in his different media interaction and interview, Pilot never said he was not looking to regain the post of Deputy Chief Minister or the State president. “I’ve left it to the high command,” was his stock replies to pointed questions about his future, though he kept asserting he would continue to serve people of Rajasthan.
Thirdly, Pilot made it a point to emphasise he has nothing personal against Gehlot, whom he addressed as an “elderly” and “experienced” leader.
Against this background it looks obvious that Pilot and his supporting MLAs could hope to get their pound of flesh, though it may take time.
On his arrival in Jaipur, he was greeted by hundreds of his supporters. Pilot said he was pained by the words used against him, but he would like to forget and move on.
“I am sad, shocked, and hurt due to the kind of words used against me,” Pilot said. He said there should not be any space for “personal ill-feelings” in politics and there should not be any vendetta politics.
“I have not demanded any post from the party but have said that MLAs have raised issues and there should be no vendetta politics against them,” he told reporters at his residence.
He said differences can be ideological, on functioning or thoughts but in politics, there is no space for vendetta. “I had and have good relations with all leaders,” he said.
“I am happy that the party leadership heard our issue to be it related to functioning, development, workers participation, self-respect, etc. The AICC has constituted a committee, which in a time-bound manner will address the issues,” said Pilot.
Pilot was fired from his post of Deputy CM as well as State Congress chief after he rebelled against the Ashok Gehlot Government last month.
“We never spoke or did anything against the party or party leadership. Several people spread many rumors and raised many questions but we remain on the stand that we took 30 days ago,” Sachin Pilot said.
Pilot also said if he had made any mistakes then he was ready to correct it but on his month-long rebellion against Gehlot his stated suggestions to improve should not be viewed negatively.
Pilot made it clear that while he was going to keep Rajasthan as his karmabhoomi and his grip intact on the State, it won’t be easy to forget the harsh words used against him by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who had called his deputy “nikamma, nakaara”. Pilot who was a Union Minister in then Manmohan Singh Government said that he did not feel bitter or sad about the events that unfolded over the past one month in Rajasthan.
“I have imbibed certain values from my family, no matter how much I oppose anyone, I’ve never used such language. Ashok Gehlotji is elder to me and I respect him personally but I have the right to raise work-related concerns,” Pilot reacted on Gehlot’s ‘nikamma’ remark against him.
Gehlot on his part said it was his responsibility to address the grievances of MLAs. But why did the MLAs go and what promises were made to them, only they know it, Gehlot remarked. “If any MLA is annoyed with me, then it is my responsibility to address that. I have kept doing this in the past and will do this now also,” Gehlot said at Jaipur.
Pilot also made it clear that he harbours no wish to have a post, these things come and go. “We need to work in the direction of strengthening the public’s confidence and trust in us,” Pilot tweeted.
“The Congress is united under Sonia Gandhi, she has a stature beyond the party. She hears everyone’s problems. Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will take the party forward,” said Pilot.
Wednesday, 12 August 2020 | PNS | New Delhi/Jaipur
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