As the crisis in Rajasthan remains unresolved even after Mallikarjun Kharge took charge as Congress president last month, a Gurjar leader, Vijay Singh Bainsla, has threatened to oppose Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Rajasthan unless Sachin Pilot becomes prime minister. However, Pilot has distanced himself from the threat of a Gurjar outfit to disrupt the Bharat Jodo Yatra, accusing the BJP of creating “disturbances”.
“No matter how hard the BJP tries, the yatra will be successful,” pilot said when asked about Bainsla’s threat. welcome the yatra with unity,” he said outside the party’s war room where a meeting has been convened to discuss preparations for the foot march.
The padyatra is currently in Madhya Pradesh and has so far covered 1471 kilometers across 32 districts in seven states and will enter Rajasthan in the first week of December.
The former deputy prime minister said he was confident the yatra will be “historic” and people are excited. “People from all communities want the yatra to come to the state. From here it will be a new beginning for the congress…for elections and for the people of the state,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said he will try to address the complaints of the Gurjar community. Responding to the Gurjar leader’s demands, Gehlot said, ‘This is democracy and everyone has a right to speak. We govern on the basis of the Constitution and the right to speak cannot be taken away from us. If there is a question or suggestion, we hear it and we try to resolve the complaints.”
The Rajasthan CM said that the yatra will be successfully held in the state. “The atmosphere in the state is good, there is enthusiasm among the party employees. The purpose of the yatra is to restore harmony and address issues such as inflation and unemployment,” he said after a meeting of party leaders to discuss preparations for the yatra.
He said that there have been attempts in the past to tarnish Rahul Gandhi’s image on social media, but now, because of the yatra, a new image of him has emerged.
Gurjar Arakshan Sangharh Samiti leader Vijay Singh Bainsla has threatened to oppose Rahul Gandhi’s yatra in the state unless his demands including making Pilot a prominent face of the community the chief minister are accepted. He has also accused the Congressional administration of failing to keep 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.
On Bainsla’s comments that the community had voted for the Congress in the belief that a Gurjar leader will become the chief minister, Pilot said that the Congress was reduced to 21 seats in the 2013 parliamentary election, but that the people gave it a mandate gave in the 2018 elections.
Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee head Govind Singh Dotasra had said that no one had the courage to stop the yatra in the state.
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Earlier, Hemaram Chowdhary, the Minister of Environment and Forests of Rajasthan said that Congress came to power in 2013 thanks to Pilot and that he should be rewarded for his hard work. “We cannot wait, the party leadership must decide quickly,” NDTV said Chowdhary.
Congress leader and minister Rajendra Gudha had also demanded that Pilot become CM again and said not even 10 MLAs will win the 2023 assembly elections if Pilot is not given the leadership role.
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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.
The Bharat Jodo Yatra will provisionally enter from Jhalawar on December 3 and will cover parts of Jhalawar, Kota, Bundi, Sawaimadhopur, Dausa and Alwar in 20 days.
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According to sources, Congress leader Ajay Maken resigned as the leader of the party in Rajasthan last week, citing developments in late September when Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot refused to give up the CM post at the last minute to contest the election of the Congress president . Maken wrote in a one-page letter to party chairman Mallikarjun Kharge on 8 November, expressing his reluctance to continue as the leader of Rajasthan.
According to sources, Maken was unhappy that the party took no action against the MLAs loyal to Gehlot, who had refused to attend an important party meeting, where the CM’s replacement would be chosen, and instead went to the Speaker to present their resigned in protest.
Gehlot had later publicly apologized for not passing the resolution and withdrew from the race for Congress president after meeting with then party chief Sonia Gandhi.
(with PTI inputs)
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