Rahul Gandhi is “eager on holding the door open for Sachin Pilot”, sources within the Congress mentioned late this night — hours after the social gathering challenged the insurgent chief to cease fraternizing with the BJP and quit the hospitality of a BJP-ruled state. Sources mentioned the social gathering has requested Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot – who launched a pointy assault on his former deputy earlier right this moment — to tone down his statements.
Mr Gandhi has had no direct contact with Mr Pilot but, although he has spoken to him by means of emissaries as soon as over the weekend, Congress sources mentioned. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had touched base with him thrice.
A lot now is dependent upon Mr Pilot however the social gathering has no indication about his subsequent transfer, sources mentioned.
Nonetheless, the Congress has been charting a tough course for Mr Pilot that includes a cooling-off interval, sources earlier mentioned.
The Congress motion has been swift in opposition to the important thing Rajasthan chief, who had been tenting out in Delhi for the higher a part of the weekend. Not solely has he been stripped of his posts within the social gathering and the federal government, the social gathering has additionally initiated disqualification proceedings within the meeting in opposition to him and his loyalist MLAs.
At present, the social gathering softened its tone after Mr Pilot declared that he’s not becoming a member of the BJP. However shortly after, senior chief Randeep Surjewala mentioned he ought to cease his exchanges with the BJP leaders.
“We wish to inform Pilot that in case you do not wish to go to the BJP then do not settle for Haryana’s hospitality. If you happen to do not wish to go to the BJP, then cease speaking to any BJP chief or member,” Mr Surjewala mentioned.
Within the night, Ashok Gehlot made a collection of remarks that mirrored the continued hostilities between the 2 leaders. Reiterating his allegations of horse buying and selling by the BJP forward of the Rajya Sabha elections, Mr Gehlot accused Mr Pilot of being implicated.
The Chief Minister, whose authorities was pushed to the brink of collapse following Mr Pilot’s riot, mentioned, “The previous PCC chief was concerned in dealings with BJP. I’ve proof of horse-trading”.
“Cash was provided. And who gave the clarification that nothing was occurring? Those that had been themselves a part of the conspiracy are giving clarifications,” Mr Gehlot informed reporters, mentioning the determine of Rs 20 crore.
A swift actuality test adopted from Workforce Pilot. Two MLAs who switched to the Congress from Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Occasion at Mr Gehlot’s behest, questioned how a lot cash they had been paid.
“At present they are saying that there’s speak of crores of “len-den” (give and take). I wish to ask the Chief Minister — how a lot cash was paid to us after I joined the Congress? Inform the reality. There was deceit and so they informed us there will probably be progress,” mentioned former minister Ramesh Meena, who was one of many leaders who made the change.