JAIPUR: The power battle between Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his pet peeve Sachin Pilot which appeared to have thawed briefly in the course of the Bharat Jodo Yatra resumed days after the march by way of the state with the 2 leaders once more stymied confronting. One of the said goals of the Kanyakumari-to-Kashmir yatra was to unify celebration cadres and though it could have executed so in some states, the factional feud in Rajasthan continues unabated with the Gehlot and Pilot camps selecting up the sticks from the place they simply left them. in entrance of the yatra.
As the Rajasthan leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra ended on December 21, Congress had breathed a sigh of aid because it handed the state with none confrontation between supporters of Gehlot and Pilot regardless of the slogans on the roads.
But that turned out to be solely a quick thaw, with Pilot asserting a collection of public outreach occasions across the state that many see as a present of drive and a reminder to excessive command that his grievances stay unaddressed. .
In his remarks on the rallies, Pilot cornered the Gehlot authorities on points equivalent to repeated paper leaks and political appointments of retired bureaucrats whereas sidelining celebration employees.
Firing a recent salvo at Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his former deputy on Thursday requested why no action had been taken prior to now 4 years on the allegations introduced collectively by Congress against BJP chief Vasundhara Raje throughout of the final elections to the Assembly.
He stated BJP leaders within the Center are making false allegations against Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, lawsuits are being filed against them, they’re being summoned by the Law Enforcement Directorate for questioning and so they’re insulted, however wonders why the Congress authorities in Rajasthan has not taken action against these BJP leaders concerned in corruption.
Meanwhile, the pilot camp’s demand for him to be appointed chief minister has additionally revived, with leaders loyal to him overtly calling for him to be given the highest job within the state forward of elections later this yr. .
With almost 10 months left for meeting elections, Pilot addresses ‘Kisan Sammelans’ in several districts, through which he talks about how the celebration was in a position to type authorities in 2018 after a battle 5 years on the highway when he was the top of the celebration’s state unit.
The former Deputy Chief Minister additionally factors out that the variety of Congress deputies was lowered to 21 within the 2013 elections which the celebration misplaced after Gehlot’s second time period as CM.
A celebration worker, talking on situation of anonymity, stated: “The issues are still unresolved between the two senior Congress leaders, which will certainly have a negative impact on the party’s prospects for victory in the next elections”.
Another celebration employee stated it was vital for all celebration leaders to be united and that the Gehlot-Pilot battle may solely weaken the celebration.
The Congress management has been tight-lipped on the power battle and stated solely that celebration chairman Mallikarjun Kharge and different leaders are working to discover a resolution to the problems that may strengthen the group.
Political observers consider it might not be straightforward to resolve the contentious problem with Gehlot opposing the handing over of CM’s chair to Pilot, who’s adamant about his calls for, together with action against Gehlot loyalist MPs who had defied the celebration directive for a legislative celebration assembly possible to authorize the AICC chief to resolve on the management change.
Sanjay Ok Pandey, a political commentator and professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), stated Congress is in a “catch 22” state of affairs in Rajasthan and it might be very troublesome to resolve the problem.
It’s not straightforward for the congressional excessive command as Gehlot has dug in his heels and it is laborious to dislodge him from the CM chair, he stated.
Both leaders have their strengths and whereas Pilot was the top of state earlier than the election with a whole lot of enchantment amongst younger individuals, Gehlot is excellent at herding his herd collectively, Pandey advised PTI.
A significant row erupted final month over Gehlot’s feedback that Pilot is a “gaddar” (traitor) and can’t exchange him. The remarks drew a scathing response from Pilot who stated it was beneath Gehlot’s stature to use that type of language and that such a “mud kick” wouldn’t assist at a time when the accent needs to be placed on the yatra.
Climbing the Gehlot-Pilot divide simply earlier than yatra entered the desert state had put the celebration in a single place however KC Venugopal’s go to to the state calmed tempers and in a present of unity , Pilot and Gehlot posed for the cameras together with the AICC Secretary General.
The yatra had supplied some much-needed uneasy peace within the Gehlot-Pilot power battle saga. His route in Rajasthan was dotted with a number of Pilot strongholds and the march was spurred on by large numbers, lots of whom had been his younger supporters who waved slogans in his favour.
Pilot himself walked alongside Rahul Gandhi for a lot of the distance. Gehlot was additionally an everyday function, particularly in the course of the morning periods of the yatra within the state. The foremost objectives of the yatra have been to promote unity and spotlight the failures of the BJP-led central authorities on the financial entrance. Congress leaders insisted it was additionally geared toward galvanizing cadres and rejuvenating the celebration.
While the march led by Rahul Gandhi excited leaders and introduced them collectively within the states it handed by way of, it didn’t occur in Rajasthan the place infighting continued.
Furthermore, it stays to be seen whether or not seen unity holds in states like Karnataka the place its two foremost leaders – former chief minister Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar – are locked in a power battle.
Significantly, former Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal joined the BJP and criticized the Congress, which he left earlier than beginning his new political innings, for factionalism.
Although the yatra has given the celebration a possibility to forge unity inside its ranks, it should act rapidly and reply to powerful calls to guarantee its ranks are galvanized forward of the 2024 normal election.