Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Wednesday distanced himself from a prominent Gurjar group’s threat to disrupt the Bharat Jodo Yatra if his demand to make him Rajasthan’s chief minister is not accepted, instead blaming the BJP for creating of “disturbances”.
Gurjar Arakshan Sangharh Samiti leader Vijay Singh Bainsla has threatened to oppose Rahul Gandhi’s yatra in Rajasthan unless his demand to make Pilot, a prominent face of the community, the chief minister is upheld.
Asked about the threat from Bainsla, the former deputy chief minister of the state said, “No matter how hard the BJP tries, the yatra will be successful”.
“The BJP may try to cause disturbances… BJP’s policy may be to break, but the yatra is ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ and it will be successful. We will all unitely welcome the yatra in the state,” he said outside the party’s war room where a meeting has been set to discuss preparations for the march.
On Bainsla’s remarks that the community had voted to appoint Gurjar as prime minister, he said that the Congress was reduced to 21 seats in the 2013 parliamentary elections and then people supported the party and the party was mandated in the 2018 elections.
The Gurjar community makes up five to six percent of the state’s population and is influential in more than 40 seats, mostly in eastern Rajasthan. This region includes the districts from which the yatra is scheduled to pass.
Bainsla has also accused the Congressional administration of failing to deliver on promises to the community.
“We had agreements with the government on various issues in 2019 and 2020, but the agreement is not being implemented. It is not that we are threatening to stop the yatra, but it is the government of Rajasthan that is forcing us to take this step by not complying with our demands,” he said.
There is a power struggle between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy and former PCC President Pilot over the post of Chief Ministership, an issue that has sparked two political crises in the four years of Congress rule in the state.
Chief Minister Gehlot, PCC chief Govind Singh Dotasra, coordinators of various committees formed to see to the arrangements of the yatra, which is slated to enter Rajasthan from Madhya Pradesh in the first week of December, are taking part in the meeting.
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