“Ashok Gehlot accused me of being “incompetent” and a “traitor.” These claims are entirely incorrect, unsubstantiated, and unneeded “Mr Pilot said the Indian news agency ANI.
Sachin Pilot of the Congress has dismissed Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s strong attack on him as “false and unsubstantiated claims” that are “totally needless.” Mr Gehlot, he suggested, would be better off focusing on Gujarat, where state elections are just days away. Mr Gehlot is the state’s party leader.
He stated that the need of the hour is to strengthen the Congress party. “We need to figure out how to make Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra a success because that’s what the country needs,” said Mr Pilot, who travelled down to Madhya Pradesh today to join the march.
“Only the Congress Party can stand up to the BJP in the country.” Gujarat, where Ashok Gehlot is the chief minister, is holding elections. To defeat the BJP, we must fight together,” he concluded.
He also emphasized the upcoming election in Rajasthan. “Under the leadership of Ashok Gehlot, we formed government twice in Rajasthan.”
Then we lost both elections… Despite this, we agreed when the party’s top command asked him to lead the government. This time, he remarked, our attention should be on winning the upcoming election.
“Under the circumstances, it does not appear well for a senior leader to discuss such subjects,” he continued.
In an exclusive interview with NDTV today, Mr Gehlot launched a scathing attack on Mr Pilot, accusing him of being a “traitor” to the party.
“A traitor cannot be Chief Minister… The High Command cannot appoint Sachin Pilot as Chief Minister… a man who lacks ten MLAs revolted. He abandoned the party and is a traitor “Mr Gehlot was alluding to the 2020 incident in which Mr Pilot camped out in Delhi for days with his loyalist MLAs.
“It must be a first in Indian history that a party president attempted to bring down his own government,” he said, alleging that the revolt was “funded by the BJP” and supported by senior BJP leaders, including chief strategist Amit Shah.
He even implied that Mr Pilot was to blame for Rajasthan’s political chaos, including the rebellion by Gehlot loyalists that publicly embarrassed the party and the Gandhis.
“It must be a first in Indian history that a party president attempted to bring down his own government,” he claimed, adding that the mutiny was “financed by the BJP” and supported by senior BJP leaders, including chief strategist Amit Shah.
Mr Pilot has not apologized to the party, the state, or the people. According to Mr Gehlot, making him unsuitable as a candidate for Chief Minister.
“Had he apologised, I would not have had to,” he added, referring to his apology to party chief Sonia Gandhi following the revolt by his loyalists during the party chief’s election.