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Ashok Gehlot Calls Sachin Pilot ‘Gaddar’, Shares Details About His Rebellion

The power struggle in the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government of Rajasthan has continued since the beginning of the parliamentary term and once again surfaced, with Ashok Gehlot using very sharp language against former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot. During an interview with news channel NDTV, Ashok Gehlot called Pilot a “gaddar” (traitor) and said that the high command cannot make a chief minister who has betrayed the party.

“A gaddar (traitor) cannot be Prime Minister…the Congress High Command cannot make Sachin Pilot Prime Minister…a man who does not have 10 MLAs. Who rebelled? He has betrayed the party, he is a traitor,” Gehlot said.

This is one of Ashok Gehlot’s sharpest criticisms against Sachin Pilot since he rebelled against the party in 2020. The discord between the two senior Congress party leaders has created at least two political crises for the state in four years.

Gehlot’s remark also came as Vijay Singh Bainsla, the leader of Gurjar Arakshan Sangharh Samiti in Rajasthan, claimed to oppose Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ if his demands are not met, including appointing Sachin Pilot as Chief Minister from Rajasthan.

Gehlot’s steadfast stance was also visible in September when the party sought to make him congress president, but when senior party leaders went to state, Gehlot’s loyalist rebelled and denied talking to the high command representatives.

“I tell you. They (the Rajasthan Congress MLAs) were angry because the news was spread that Sachin Pilot will become Prime Minister. MLAs, and he said you leave it to the high command, an observer will come and give your opinion, so the MLAs believed that today there may be a one line resolution, tomorrow will be the swearing in (of pilot). Because of this rumor, they all gathered there,” Gehlot said while talking about the incident.

He also said that during his rebellion, Sachin Pilot met senior BJP leaders including Union ministers, “Amit Shah and Dharmendra Pradhan were involved. They (including pilot) had a meeting in Delhi,” Gehlot claimed, adding that “some Rs. 5 crores, some Rs. 10 crores.”

“In fact, the money was collected from the BJP office in Delhi,” Gehlot claimed. He added that Pradhan visited the pilot camp at a time when Congress emissaries were not allowed to meet him.

When asked what their problem was with Pilot becoming Prime Minister, Gehlot said, “How could they bear to become Pilot Prime Minister? People who suffered for 34 days, we know how we survived the 34 days. We had to protest at Raj Bhavan. I was there too. We worked hard to save the government.”

“The whole game was theirs. Rs. 10 crores was distributed by the BJP. I have proof,” Gehlot said.

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