Congress leader Sachin Pilot has threatened to launch a statewide agitation if the Rajasthan government does not take action on alleged corruption by the previous BJP government.
Pilot, who was the deputy chief minister of Rajasthan until 2020. He has been critical of the current government led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Pilot’s demands include a high-level probe into the alleged corruption cases, disbanding the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC), and compensation for those affected by government recruitment exam paper leaks.
“The people of Rajasthan have had enough of this government’s corruption and incompetence,” Pilot said. “It is time for them to take action.”
The next 15 days will be critical in determining the future of the Rajasthan government. If the government fails to meet Pilot’s demands, it could face a major crisis.
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However, the war of words and actions have continued since with Gehlot calling him “traitor”, “useless”, and “worthless”. Sachin Pilot leading agitations against his own party’s chief minister that you would expect the Opposition to be doing.
“I knew he is worthless and useless and he is doing nothing but making people fight. I don’t want that it appears in Delhi that people in Rajasthan are only fighting. I taught everyone how to respect Rajasthan Congress Pradesh Committee chief Pilot. When he comes, we should stand up. He is younger as state party chief but the post is bigger. I taught this to everyone, gave all the respect to Pilot. Then such a person stabs Congress in the back,” said Gehlot in 2020 when Pilot’s rebellion was on.
Pilot’s threat comes months before assembly elections in Rajasthan. The Congress is hoping to retain power in the state, but the party is facing a challenge from the BJP.
The BJP has accused the Congress of corruption. The Congress has denied the allegations of corruption and has said that it is committed to good governance.
The tussle between Pilot and Gehlot has been going on for some time now. In 2020, Pilot rebelled against Gehlot and was sacked from the government. However, he was later reinstated after the Congress high command intervened.
The latest development is likely to further strain the relations between Pilot and Gehlot. It remains to be seen how the government will respond to Pilot’s ultimatum.