Time running out for Kharge to put a lid on festering Rajasthan factional saga | Political Pulse News,The Indian Express
Every time the Pilot camp raises its demand that Pilot be made CM, Gehlot doubles down to hit back with more vitriol than before
In an interview to NDTV aired on Thursday, Gehlot asked: “How can a person—who doesn’t even have 10 MLAs, and had led a revolt, which, by the way, is called gaddari—be acceptable to the people?”
On Pilot allegedly being hand-in-glove with the BJP during his 2020 rebellion, Gehlot reiterated he had proof that Pilot was indeed involved, “and Rs 10 crore was distributed (to each Congress MLA willing to switch sides)”.
The statements follow three weeks of relentless pressure by the Sachin Pilot camp, beginning with Pilot himself asking the central leadership to “end the climate of indecision in Rajasthan” on November 2, when he also took potshots at Gehlot, saying it was “interesting” that PM Narendra Modi had praised the CM (on November 1, at Mangarh Dham), and that this “must not be taken lightly”.
Subsequently, party leaders loyal to Pilot held press conferences in Jhalawar, Kota and Bundi districts and demanded that pending issues, including that of the state leadership, be addressed through one-on-one interactions between the central leadership and Rajasthan Congress MLAs. Incidentally, the Bharat Jodo Yatra is scheduled to enter Rajasthan through this cluster of districts, locally called Hadoti.
This was followed by parts of a letter, written by former state-in-charge Ajay Maken to party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, becoming public. In it, Maken had expressed his unwillingness to continue in the position; he was said to have been unhappy, given that no action had been taken against state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal, party Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi and Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) chairman Dharmendra Rathore, despite a disciplinary committee serving them show-cause notices.