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Sachin Pilot: Will He or Won’t He Quit the Congress?

Rajasthan’s political landscape is currently witnessing turbulence as rumors circulate about the former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot potentially breaking away from the Congress party and forming his own political outfit. This development comes ahead of the upcoming elections in the state, where the Congress hopes to replicate its success in Karnataka. While the party leadership denies any intention of Pilot leaving, speculations continue to persist. This article explores the ongoing power struggle between Pilot and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, the possibility of Pilot’s resignation, and the efforts made by the party’s high command to resolve the differences.

The Tug of War in Rajasthan:

Since their victory in the 2018 elections, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot have been engaged in a power struggle within the Congress party in Rajasthan. The recent episode is another chapter in their ongoing feud. Despite a four-hour discussion with the party high command, where both leaders agreed to work together against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Pilot’s close sources suggest that he plans to announce a new political party on June 11, coinciding with his late father’s death anniversary.

Pilot’s Demands and Possible Consequences:

Sources close to Sachin Pilot reveal that he has three demands from Congress, and his decision to break away will depend on whether they are met. These demands include a high-level probe into alleged corruption during the previous Vasundhara Raje-led government, disbanding the Rajasthan Public Service Commission due to paper leaks, and compensation for affected students. The Pilot has previously staged a day-long dharna and organized a Jan Sangharsh Yatra to highlight these issues. Despite the recent meeting with Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi, Pilot remains steadfast in his demands.

The Congress Dilemma:

While the Congress leadership seeks to maintain unity within the party, acceding to Pilot’s demands could potentially harm the image of the Gehlot government, especially with elections on the horizon. Balancing the aspirations of both leaders and resolving the differences is crucial for the party’s electoral prospects in Rajasthan. The ball now rests with the party leadership to respond to Pilot’s demands and prevent a potential split.

The political landscape in Rajasthan remains uncertain as Sachin Pilot’s potential departure from the Congress party looms large. The ongoing power struggle between Pilot and Ashok Gehlot has created a challenging situation for the party’s high command. While the Congress leadership denies any plans for Pilot to quit, sources close to him suggest an impending announcement of a new political outfit. As the state heads toward elections, the resolution of these differences will be crucial for the Congress party’s stability and success in Rajasthan.

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