Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has come out publicly to state that Sachin Pilot should take responsibility for his son’s defeat in the national election.
In an interview given to ABP news, Mr. Gehlot said, “Sachin Pilot said we would win with a huge majority. He said we have six MLAs [legislators] and we have done very good campaigning there… Sachin Pilot should take responsibility for at least that [Jodhpur] seat.”
Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav Gehlot lost by 2.7 lakh votes in Jodhpur to BJP’s Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, after an intense campaign. It has also been said that Ashok Gehlot neglected all the other constituencies, by addressing the maximum rallies for his son.
The Congress President Rahul Gandhi was also upset that the Gehlot put his son first and put the party second. When asked about these rumors, Gehlot said, “Such meetings have sanctity and what is said inside should remain within. It is not right to take what is said out of context and propagate it to the media.”
Sachin Pilot, who is the Deputy Chief Minister and also the Rajasthan Congress chief, has refused to comment but has expressed surprise at Mr Gehlot’s statement.
The feud between the top two party leaders of the state is wide open, it hints that Rajasthan could face tough times ahead in terms of governance or change of power in the state.
Source : Various