New Delhi: Congress leader Sachin Pilot held a rally in his stronghold Tonk in Rajasthan. He visited at least half a dozen of villages in the region and the venues turned out to be packed that many had to climb trees and poles so they can listen to what Pilot had to say. This raised several questions including the one that if he would be chosen as a face of Chief Minister in Rajasthan this time; a dream that the Congress leader has been seeing since 2018.
Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Sachin Rawat shed light on the internal politics of Congress who started his statement by saying that “Alakamaan ne Sachin Pilot ko free hand de rakha hai. (High-command has given a free-hand to Sachin Pilot.)”
How Will Congress Use Sachin Pilot’s Popularity?
Starting with recent rally in Tonk, Rawat mentioned that the party has asked his leaders to connect people on grounds. Taking Pilot’s case who already has a strong base in several parts of Rajasthan, Congress will surely try to channalize this support into votes. The high command has also come up with a seat formula where it will be asking its leaders from every camps including with that of Pilot to fight for the party and garnish votes.
How Much Ashok Gehlot Is With Pilot?
CM Gehlot has already made it clear that they will fight with all might to bring party back in power. Three camps – Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot and CP Joshi will be fighting together and will be bringing votes for the party from diverse classes of Rajasthan.
First The Fight To Make Government in Rajasthan Then CM
At first, this election is all about coming back to power. The Congress spokesperon left us with a hint that a conflict may also occur in the party in “Putra Moh (Son’s love.)” This will be another challenge for Sachin Pilot in future if the Gehlot steps down to his position to make space for his son.
Ashok Gehlot vs Sachin Pilot
High command ordered the two leaders to refrain themselves from making any statement against each other. This also followed by a series of attacks both were making against each other. Pilot had even carried rallies against state government over issues like corruption while being in the party.
Everyone in the end will have to compromise in the end. With Congress state in-charge Randhawa and other leaders have been assigned to run surveys to find out whose base is more popular. This will all go to the high command who will be taking the final decision.
No Face To Be Projected For Now
The Congress is trying not to project a face. As of now, they will be fighting on the works they have done in the state. Rawat mentioned that it is only Chhattisgarh where the election is being run on the Chief Ministerial face not even in Madhya Pradesh. Another reason for not focusing on face is that the “person who is on the CM’s position does not want to leave the seat that easily.”
When Did It Start?
In 2018, Pilot was designated as Deputy Chief Minister after senior party leader Ashok Gehlot was given the seniormost post in the state government. It is safe to say that Pilot was very close to win the throne, considering the amount of efforts that he put to gather votes for the grand-old party.
Even then, Sachin Pilot was a popular figure among youth and many in the party dreamt of him being the CM. Following the dissent, Pilot took along a delegation of 24 MPs alongwith him, almost bringing his government in Rajasthan on the brink of collapse. This followed a series of events unfolding growing dissent between the Chief Minister and his deputy, who had lost the post post his rebellion against the party.
Cut to 5 years, Sachin Pilot is still a popular leader among youth and history is repeating itself so far. Ashok Gehlot still appears to be the first choice of the grand-old party, considering that the headquarters have made no statement clarifying which side is it on?
But the question is if the fate will remain the same for Pilot-Gehlot and Sahin would get sidelined if the party comes to power despite extreme efforts that he put.
Rajasthan BJP leaders have got anxious looking at this monstrous rally of Sachin Pilot.
The people who were present in his rallies are giving feedback that people climbed on trees & poles to listen to Pilot.
-He is not the…
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