Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot appear together in a rare show of unity ahead of Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra in Rajasthan
New Delhi/IBNS: Ahead of Rahul gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jaipur, Rajasthan leaders Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot Tuesday appeared together in a rare and uneasy show of unity even after the Chief Minister called his former deputy a "gaddar (traitor)" on several occasions.
Speaking to reporters in Rajasthan's Jaipur, the feuding leaders stood side by side and stressed that Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra, which enters Rajasthan on Dec 4, will be a big success in the state.
"The party is supreme for us. We want the party to forge ahead and regain its glory," Chief Minister Gehlot told reporters.
"There is an atmosphere of tension in the country and it is a huge challenge. But the success of the yatra shows that people fully support the issues raised by Rahul Gandhi," he said.
Sachin Pilot said the Bharat Jodo Yatra with Rahul Gandhi "will be welcomed with maximum enthusiasm and energy in Rajasthan".
The Gehlot-Pilot joint appearance is seen to aid the Congress, which is struggling as a result of a feud between its two top leaders in Rajasthan just before Rahul Gandhi begins his 12-day tour of the state.
The truce reportedly came through at a meeting of the rivals and Gandhis' trusted aide KC Venugopal, who was sent to Rajasthan to "oversee preps" for the yatra.