The possibility of some big news coming out of Rajasthan had emerged in the last month only. Congress CM Ashok Gehlot is repeatedly accusing BJP of destabilizing his government. The current buildout suggests that the big news is on the way of making. Sachin Pilot and several of his loyal MLAs are in Delhi to meet Rahul and Sonia Gandhi.
Although the party is saying that it won’t allow any Madhya Pradesh like situation in Rajasthan. It is the Congress itself that gives birth to any such mishap. Congress has a tradition of ‘Not Giving Credit Where it’s Due’. Congress was unfair with Jyotiraditya Scindia in Madhya Pradesh, which caused it a huge loss. On similar grounds, Congress was unjust with Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan.
Sachin Pilot was constantly signaling his disappointment with the party over the past few months. In spite of this, Congress’s great leader Rahul Gandhi paid no heed. Sachin Pilot is also a part of Congress’s ‘Young Brigade’, just like Scindia was. Why is Congress reluctant to appreciate its young leaders? Does the party want to avoid any competition to Rahul Gandhi?
Sachin Pilot Lead Rajasthan Elections
The Congress won the Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018 because of Sachin Pilot. He is the ‘pilot’ who drove Congress’s plane to victory in Rajasthan. The Rajasthan election was mainly based on Sachin Pilot Vs Vasundhara Raje.
The pilot who had earlier served as a minister in the UPA government was strongly determined to ensure his party’s comeback in Rajasthan. With his massive campaign, he managed to connect the Congress to the ground level.
Sachin Pilot has a major support base amongst the Gujjar community of Rajasthan. It was a result of his hard work that Congress managed to sweep the Gujar-Meena belt of North East Rajasthan. Moreover, he utilized the resentment against Vasundhara Raje.
What actually stopped Congress from making him the Chief Minister of Rajasthan? He is the Rajasthan Unit chief of Congress for 6 years. Sachin Pilot earned the praise of several leaders for his style of working.
Ashok Gehlot Stole the Mandate
Nonetheless, Ashok Gehlot stole the mandate of Rajasthan from Sachin Pilot. Notably, this is happening for the third time in Rajasthan.
Ashok Gehlot has deep connections with the Gandhi family. If we take an analogy from the movie Baahubali, then Ashok Gehlot has a ‘Katappa like loyalty’ for the Gandhi family. Ashok Gehlot used his support in the Mali community to project himself as a mass leader. Due to this, he got a junior minister’s Job in the Indira Gandhi Government.
Since then, he is blessed with incredible luck. After Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi made him the home minister of Rajasthan. At present, his unconditional loyalty to the third generation of Gandhis has earned him the position of Rajasthan CM.
He had stolen the mandate in 1998 and 2008 as well. Back then, Gehlot managed to topple the leaders who were senior to him. Whereas in 2018, Ashok Gehlot was up against his junior Sachin Pilot.
On the other hand, Ashok Gehlot lacks for his performance as he makes up in his luck. Every time he was the chief minister, the voters voted out his government in the next election. The seniority and experience excuse that the Congress high command holds is not true. The real reason is ‘loyalty’.
Congress Deprived Pilot of His Ambitions
For all the effort that Sachin Pilot had taken, everyone expected him to be the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. However, the Gandhi family really needs to review its policy of ‘you are what we made you’.
Congress never made Sachin Pilot, he himself raised his stature by working for the party. Congress cries foul during any such destabilization. However, Congress itself deprives its leaders of their ambitions. Now, around 30 MLAs who are loyal to Sachin Pilot are thinking to change the side with him. It is quite likely, that Madhya Pradesh will repeat in Rajasthan.
Moreover, the situation will go bad further as the Rajasthan Police has summoned Sachin Pilot.