‘Cruel’ Sachin Pilot can’t be CM, says Gehlot as rifts in Raj Cong deepen

As the chorus in the Sachin Pilot camp grew louder for him to take over as chief minister of Rajasthan, current chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday called his former deputy a “brutal” (traitor) and said a traitor was unfit for the top job. post.

In an interview to NDTV, the Rajasthan CM said, “A cruel (traitor) cannot be the prime minister. Supreme Commander Sachin Pilot cannot make a man who does not have 10 MLAs as the prime minister. He has rebelled. He has BETRAYED the party, (he is) a traitor.”

CM Gehlot and Pilot have been at loggerheads for a long time, leading to two political crises in the four years of the Congress government.

Gehlot alleged that Pilot’s 2020 uprising was “financed by the BJP”.

“In a first for India, a party’s own president tried to bring him down,” Gehlot said in an interview, adding that senior BJP leaders, including Amit Shah, had fueled the revolt.

It is not the first time that Gehlot has expressed his dislike for Pilot in such words. During the pilot’s rebellion, the CM criticized the former deputy CM, calling him “nikamma” and “nakara” (useless and worthless).

Meanwhile, Pilot on Wednesday distanced himself from a Gurjar outfit’s threat to disrupt the Bharat Jodo Yatra if its demand to make him Rajasthan CM was not accepted and instead accused the BJP of trying to create “riots”.

Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti leader Vijay Singh Bains threatened to oppose Rahul Gandhi’s yatra in the state if the demands, including making Pilot a prominent public figure, were not accepted by the chief minister.

Bainsla also accused the Congress government of not fulfilling the promises made to the society.

“No matter how hard the BJP tries, the yatra will succeed,” Pilot said when asked about Bainsla’s threat.

“BJP may try to create riots… but this is ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ and it will be successful. We will all welcome the yatra together,” he said. review the preparations for the march.

Rajasthan faced a political crisis in September this year when around 90 party MLAs from the Gehlot faction skipped a meeting of the Congress Legislature where they were expected to pass a one-line resolution empowering the party high command to choose the next CM. Pilot was said to be the party’s choice for Rajasthan CM as Gehlot was to contest for the post of Congress president.

However, Gehlot’s loyalists revolted by skipping the CLP meeting and submitting their resignations to Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi.

Following this, Gehlot said he would not contest the Congress presidential election and apologized to party president Sonia Gandhi for the chaos.

With PTI inputs