The Sachin Pilot-led Congress faction in Rajasthan is reportedly upset with the party high command over the continued delay in the expansion of the state cabinet, sources told India Today.
As per Congress sources, the Pilot camp leaders are miffed by party high command for its inability to prevail over Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on the issue of cabinet expansion.
Several Pilot loyalists, who were sidelined after the public tussle between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot last year, continue to cool their heels.
As per sources, Pilot loyalists are also unhappy over the verbal volleys directed at their leader from the Ashok Gehlot camp.
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Earlier, the Pilot camp hoped that after Congress general secretary Ajay Maken’s visit to Jaipur, the cabinet expansion could take place in July. However, after the verbal attacks by an independent MLA considered close to Ashok Gehlot, leaders from the Pilot camp believe that cabinet expansion in Rajasthan may not happen anytime soon.
Babulal Nagar, an independent MLA considered to be close to CM Ashok Gehlot, had launched a frontal attack on Sachin Pilot, questioning why the Congress got fewer seats when it was supposed to get 150 seats in the 2018 assembly elections. Sachin Pilot was the state Congress chief at the time of elections.
Hitting back at Nagar, Pilot loyalist and Congress MLA Ved Prakash Solanki said if the independent charges were true, then why were photos of Sachin Pilot put up during Congress rallies during the elections?
It was because Pilot is popular with the people of Rajasthan, Solanki quipped.
Earlier, several independent MLAs considered close to Ashok Gehlot had taken jibes at Sachin Pilot, claiming that they stood with the Congress to save the party’s government in Rajasthan when some leaders betrayed the party and left the state.
Sachin Pilot, along with 18 other Rajasthan Congress MLAs, had turned rebel last year against the leadership of CM Ashok Gehlot and left Rajasthan. They had returned after an apparent truce was brought about by the Gandhi family between the warring factions.
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