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Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot unanimously decide to work together in Rajasthan: Congress Rajasthan Congress
Image credit: Facebook/ KC Venugopal

Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot unanimously decide to work together in Rajasthan: Congress

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 30 May 2023, 12:17 am

New Delhi/IBNS: In an effort to show a united face in Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy-political rival Sachin Pilot met Rahul Gandhi and party chief Mallikarjun Kharge in Delhi for discussions.

The assembly election in Rajasthan is due later this year and the party is trying to work against the state's revolving door trend.

The grand-old party is trying to recover its featured image.

"Both leaders have unanimously decided to work together and left the decision on the high command," senior party leader KC Venugopal said after the four-hour meeting.

No details of the 'peace pact' or division of responsibilities for the upcoming elections have been shared yet.

Over the last few years, the Ashok Gehlot-Sachin Pilot rift has played out in public.

Three years ago, Pilot's resorted to rebellion  when Gehlot was asked to stand for election to the party's national chief's post.

Over 70 MLAs had sided with Gehlot and defied then-party chief Sonia Gandhi, after a buzz that Pilot would succeed him. 

Projection of a united image by the two key leaders who have been at loggerheads for years had brought bumper returns for the Congress in the recently concluded assembly election.

In Rajasthan, Pilot has made a series of demands, including that his party's government take action in the alleged paper leak scam that took place during the BJP rule in the state. 

He has put the Congress on notice, declaring that if there is no action by the end of this month, he would hold agitation across the state. 

Pointing out that Gehlot, while in the opposition, levelled allegations against the Vasundhara Raje government, he had said, "Four and a half years have been completed but the promises made have not been fulfilled and action has not been taken on the allegations."

"I went on a fast in Jaipur, but when nothing happened from that, I felt that now I will have to go among the public and I took out the Jan Sangharsh Yatra," Pilot had added.

If the threat is carried out, it will be a body blow to the Congress, with the state just months away from election.