Last Updated: November 24, 2022, 16:01 IST
Infighting continues to brew in the Rajasthan Congress, with Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot on Thursday taking a swipe at fellow party leader Sachin Pilot, calling him a “gaddar” (traitor). In an interview with NDTV on Thursday, he called Pilot a traitor six times. Gehlot’s statement came amid a raging crisis in Rajasthan Congress, where he holds the CM post.
“A gaddar (traitor) cannot be Chief Minister,” Gehlot said on Thursday. He reiterated his stand on the matter and said the Congress High Command cannot make Sachin Pilot the Chief Minister, “a man who doesn’t have 10 MLAs, who revolted against his own party”.
However, a Gurjar leader, Vijay Singh Bainsla, threatened to oppose Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Rajasthan unless Sachin Pilot is made the CM. Despite so, Pilot refused to side with the Gurjar leader’s claim, and said the BJP was trying to create disturbances. “No matter how hard the BJP tries, the yatra will be successful,” Pilot had said when asked about Bainsla’s threat.
Earlier, Gehlot had said his government will try to address Bainsla’s grievances. “This is democracy and everyone has the right to speak. We are ruling on the basis of the Constitution and the right to speak cannot be taken away. If there is any demand or suggestion, we will hear it out and try to address the grievances,” he said.
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