Sachin Pilot and Rita Bahuguna Joshi (file photo)
Jaipur: BJP MP Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s alleged remarks about Congress leader Secretary Pilot have created a stir in Rajasthan politics. But veteran Congress leader and former Rajasthan deputy CM Sachin Pilot Rita Bahuguna has denied the allegations. In fact, there was news that BJP leader Sachin Pilot had spoken to him and it was said that Sachin Pilot could join the BJP. The pilot’s statement is again intense in the politics of Rajasthan
On this political development, Sachin Pilot said on Friday, “Rita Bahuguna Joshi said that she has spoken to Sachin. She has spoken to Sachin Tendulkar. She does not have the courage to talk to me.” The silence of the Congress High Command has raised many questions about the growing signs of inequality within the Gehlot government.
Rita Bahuguna Joshi (BJP leader) says she has spoken to Sachin. He can talk to Sachin Tendulkar. He does not have the courage to talk to me: In a multi-faceted statement, Congress leader Sachin Pilot says he may join BJP soon. pic.twitter.com/DLrzUJeF4s
– ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2021
The reality is that it has failed to resolve the differences between the fate of the various parties and the party in the Congress camp as well as the balance of the party workers. Six-time MLA Hemram Chowdhury Chowdhury resigned from the Congress government on May 22 and expressed reluctance to withdraw his resignation. Another MLA, Veda Prakash Solanki, has threatened to resign. Both belong to the group of former state Congress president and former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot.
Meanwhile, the Gohlot camp seems to be busy hunting down legislators from the camp of its arch rival pilot. Two such MLAs from the pilot camp are Indraraj Gujar and PR Meena, who recently praised Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s work at a time when other pilots’ followers are questioning the government’s work. The story of this disagreement does not end here as it is alleged that the two ministers, who are considered very close to Gehlot, parted ways during a recent cabinet meeting.
The state unit of Congress, the Provincial Congress Committee, which appears to be weak on the ground, has been working with a team of 39 members since July last year, as all local congressional committees were dissolved after the pilot’s public revolt against the state leadership. The leaders of the party who tapped the phone were angry that they did not get the victory prize.
One minister said political appointments were being delayed due to fears of another insurgency. “If we give 10 workers a post, the other 90 will be disappointed and there could be another uprising that we can’t handle right now in the midst of an epidemic,” he added.
Another activist said that in July last year, veteran leaders Ahmed Patel, Casey Venugopal and Ajay Maken would look into the allegations of the pilot camp. Patel died, but the other two members of the committee were not active in settling the allegations. Meanwhile, state PCC chief Govinda Singh Dotsara told IANS that the party is committed to making political appointments once the matter calms down after the second wave of Kovid. Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken announced the political appointments in December last year and then in March, but it could not be implemented.
But Pilot said there was no reason for delays in recruitment and expansion of the cabinet. Meanwhile, all eyes are on the High Command to resolve these issues or else new parties coming to the party every year are ringing alarm bells for the Congress, which is also testing time in other states like Punjab.