Rajasthan Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s remarks at an event on Thursday that he would be in politics “for the next 50 years” came just days after his party colleague and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said he would “for the next 15-20 years”. Going nowhere” Years”.
Mr Pilot, 44, had rebelled last year and spent days in Delhi with a group of rebel MLAs, insisting on a better role in Rajasthan. He has not given up on his ambitions in the state. He met Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on September 24, the second meeting in less than a week, fueling intense speculation after a change of leadership in neighboring Congress-ruled Punjab, where Charanjit Singh Channi replaced Captain Amarinder Singh. Changed to major. Minister.
At an event on 2 October, Mr Gehlot had said that after his angioplasty, he was fit and fine and was not going anywhere for the next 15-20 years. “I will return to power and form the government again,” Mr Gehlot said in a clear message that he holds the reins of Rajasthan.
Mr Pilot had so far not commented on Swipe, and even campaigned for the October 30 by-election along with Mr Gehlot and Congress leader Ajay Maken. A picture of the three leaders shared by the Congress was seen by many as the party’s attempt to present a united face in the state leadership.
However, Mr Pilot seemed to have broken his silence. At a book release in Jaipur on Thursday, when a participant lauded Mr Pilot for “covering so much work in such a short time”, the Congress leader replied, “I have been here for 50 years and I am nowhere I am leaving. I will complete all the unfinished work.”
Mr Gehlot has been under pressure for some time to go for cabinet expansion to accommodate Mr Pilot’s loyalists. So far the chief minister has resisted making changes that his party’s leadership had promised to Mr Pilot, who was deputy chief minister until June last year, when he was forced to resign.
Mr Gehlot – already serving as chief minister twice till 2018 – became chief minister again after the Congress won the assembly elections that year. But it was not an easy decision for the party as Mr Pilot had his eyes on the top post as well. The Youth Congress leader is credited with rebuilding the party after the party’s defeat in the 2013 state elections.
Last year, Mr Pilot, backed by 18 Congress MLAs, ended a month-long rebellion against Mr Gehlot after a meeting with the Gandhi family, who apparently assured him that his grievances would be heard.