Sachin Pilot announces a day fast, accusing CM Gehlot of sitting on corruption cases against BJP’s Vasundhara Raje government.
In this situation, AICC Rajasthan in-charge Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa says the former Deputy CM never mentioned the corruption issue to him earlier, will travel to Jaipur on Monday or Tuesday.
This eruption occurred after a six-month lull, with tension on Sunday as senior leader Sachin Pilot took a shot at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, accusing him of sitting on corruption cases against the previous Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government and announcing a daylong protest on Tuesday to demand action on these cases.
The Congress’s central leadership termed the timing of Pilot’s outburst as “not appropriate” but added that it would talk to Gehlot about the allegations raised by the former Deputy CM.
The fresh fusillade by Pilot who has been nursing chief Ministerial ambitions for a long time has put the Congress high command in a spot of bother, especially since it comes at a time when the leadership is engaged in a bitter tussle with the BJP-led Central government on issues such as the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi as a Lok Sabha MP and the Gautam Adani episode.
When contacted, All India Congress Committee’s (AICC) Rajasthan in-charge Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa told The Indian Express that he believes the timing of Pilot’s press conference was not appropriate, but said he would travel to Jaipur either on Monday or Tuesday to meet Gehlot and ask him “why action was not taken in cases against Raje.”
He said, “I must have met Pilot 10-15 times since I became AICC in-charge of Rajasthan but he has not once mentioned this issue to me,” said Randhawa. “He has discussed several other issues with me. He has not once told me he had raised the issue of corruption when he was the president … he was Deputy Chief Minister as well for one and a half years but no action was taken. He said in the press conference that he had told the in-charge too but I can tell you nothing was discussed with me.”
The AICC leader went on to say, “Nevertheless, the issue that he has raised, the issue of corruption, we have been raising the issue of Adani, we have been talking about Nirav Modi and others … So, there should be an inquiry. I will go to Jaipur either tomorrow evening or Monday … I will talk to the Chief Minister. Pilot has said he has written two letters. Wo letter bi mangvayenge, CM se baat karenge. Nikaliye bhai kyun nahin aapne kiya. (Will ask for those letters to be produced, will talk to the CM about why no action was taken).” “Pilot was also Deputy Chief Minister for one and a half years,” said Randhawa. “Us time main kya kiya, kya nahin kiya (what happened during that time, what did not happen), we will look at all that, we will talk,” he said.
Congress supporters are upset that Sachin Pilot is being sidelined and this could be one of the reasons for certain setbacks during election time. Ankit Mayank, a Congress supporter tweeted: “No mention of Sachin Pilot in the statement issued by
Ji on Rajasthan.
Congress aiming to win 125+ in the upcoming Rajasthan Polls.
No mention of Sachin Pilot in the statement issued by @Jairam_Ramesh Ji on Rajasthan.
Congress aiming to win 125+ in the upcoming Rajasthan Polls. pic.twitter.com/SBqwwBrumt
— Ankit Mayank (@mr_mayank) April 9, 2023