Ashok Gehlot’s ‘Discipline’ after Sachin Pilot’s question on Prime Minister’s praise

Ashok Gehlot’s ‘Discipline’ after Sachin Pilot’s question on Prime Minister’s praise

Ashok Gehlot’s ‘Discipline’ after Sachin Pilot’s question on Prime Minister’s praise

Ashok Gehlot said the party’s focus should be on retaining the government in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot hit back after rival Sachin Pilot appeared to escalate their long-running feud by pointing to an “atmosphere of indecision” in the state Congress unit and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s praise for his arch-nemesis.

Here are the 10 latest developments in this story.

  1. Speaking to reporters during his visit to Alwar, Mr. Gehlot urged his party leaders to “maintain discipline” and refrain from making erratic statements. “[Congress general secretary] KC Venugopal asked not to make statements. We also want all leaders to maintain discipline,” he said.

  2. The chief minister said the party’s focus should be on retaining the government in Rajasthan, which is voting after about 13 months. “Our goal is to repeat the government. We have given good governance and brought so many schemes in the country which has never happened before. We have started working on good governance to preserve the state,” he said.

  3. In what appeared to be a new bid to take over as chief minister earlier in the day, Mr Pilot said: “Time to end the climate of indecision in Rajasthan.” Quoting Mr. Venugopal, he had said that a decision on the “Rajasthan situation” would be taken soon.

  4. Taking a swipe at Mr Gehlot, he also said that it “excited“Or interesting how PM Modi praised Mr Gehlot as a ‘senior chief minister’ at a cabinet meeting in Rajasthan yesterday.” “That (praise) should not be taken lightly. Everyone knows what happened after the Prime Minister praised Ghulam Nabi Azad,” he said. Mr. Azad recently left the party.

  5. In July 2020, Mr. Pilot tried to force a promotion from the deputy chief minister by seizing about 20 MLAs at a resort near Delhi. The message was that if he was not given Mr Gehlot’s job, he would break the party. However, his exercise failed as he received modest support.

  6. Then, just weeks ago, Mr. Gehlot used his political muscle to prove to the Congress that he should not be replaced as chief minister. That opportunity arose because Sonia Gandhi urged the 71-year-old woman to replace her as Congress president. Mr Gehlot proposed a dual role as chief minister plus Congress president, drawing public rebuke from Rahul Gandhi, who cited the party’s “one person, one post” rule.

  7. In response, when the Congress organized a meeting of MLAs in Rajasthan to assess whether a new chief minister was needed, Mr Gehlot’s supporters did not show up, choosing instead to meet separately in a session where they argued Mr Gehlot should have veto power. about replacing him and that Mr. Pilot should step down.

  8. Mrs Gandhi met Mr Gehlot a few days later. the adjourned meeting was intended to convey the displeasure of the “high command” and he apologized profusely for the actions of his loyalists. At the time, Mr Pilot was reportedly assured that his time might finally have come.

  9. But there is no action yet against Mr Gehlot’s team and there appears to be no progress on plans to give Mr Pilot a chance to rule his home state.

  10. When the Congress won Rajasthan in 2018, Mr. Pilot was told by the Gandhis that he would temporarily share the chief minister’s job with Mr. Gehlot as his senior, getting the first half of a five-year term. When Mr. Pilot’s rebellion failed, he was punished by being removed as deputy chief minister and president of the party’s Rajasthan unit.

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