published by, Kavya Mishra
Last Update: June 07, 2023, 5:11 pm IST
Congress in-charge for Rajasthan Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Wednesday began one-on-one meetings with state ministers and MLAs amid efforts by the party’s central leadership to broker peace between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and dissident leader Sachin Pilot ahead of the assembly elections. . Year.
Randhawa arrived here on Tuesday evening amid speculation over Pilot’s next move, with sources close to the former deputy chief minister saying Pilot and Gehlot had met with party chiefs Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi last week, resulting in no “core issues”. Not resolved. Between the two leaders of Rajasthan.
Sources had said Pilot was adamant on his demands, including action against alleged corruption during the previous Vasundhara Raje government, and was waiting for a definite response from the party high command.
On Wednesday, state ministers Mamta Bhupesh, Saleh Mohammad, Govind Meghwal and Murari Lal Meena were among those who met Randhawa in the initial rounds of talks. Later MLA Krishna Poonia and other MLAs also met him.
Party sources said that Randhawa took feedback on issues related to the government and the party organization.
However, a Congress spokesperson said that they have given time to those who wanted to meet Randhawa.
Meanwhile, Randhawa and state Congress president Govind Singh Dotasara met Chief Minister Gehlot at his residence and later returned to the party war room to resume meeting with leaders.
Responding to questions from media persons, Randhawa on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of Pilot forming a new party. He also said that the party will assign responsibility to the leaders of Rajasthan according to their stature.
He reiterated that the two Rajasthan leaders had “agreed to work together” during the meeting with Kharge and Rahul Gandhi, claiming that 90 per cent of the matter had been resolved and the rest was “not an issue”.
Gehlot and his former deputy have been fighting for power ever since the Congress formed the government in the state in 2018.
There are suggestions that Pilot may give a clear indication of the way forward in Dausa on June 11, the death anniversary of his father.
The Congress had last Thursday said that the party is supreme and will fight the Rajasthan Assembly polls unitedly to emerge victorious, a statement that came after Pilot refused to back down from his demands.
Last year, the high command’s attempt to effect a leadership change in Rajasthan failed after Gehlot loyalists did not allow a legislature party meeting to take place.
Last month, Pilot went on a day-long fast, claiming “inaction” by the Gehlot government over alleged corruption during the previous Raje government, defying the party’s warning.
He also took out ‘Jan Sangharsh Yatra’. The party had distanced itself from the 125 km long five-day march.
(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI,