According to sources, Sachin Pilot, the former deputy chief minister of Rajasthan, met Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on 8th April.
They further mentioned that Congress National General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi was present during the meeting.
Moreover, Sachin Pilot, according to sources, may be entrusted with major organisational responsibilities.
Meanwhile, according to the sources, the leaders also addressed the impending Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka, as well as initiated a membership drive for those elections, as well as ways to improve the organisation in Rajasthan.
Further, the Congress leader, who openly revolted against Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his government in July 2020, bringing the government to its knees, backed down after the party leadership promised that the rebel leaders’ grievances would be heard by a three-member committee led by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
The rumour at the time was that after a cooling-off period, Sachin Pilot will be welcomed into the core Congress. Those who remained loyal to him were promised Cabinet positions as well.
However, Sachin Pilot had declared he had no “hard feelings” and hoped that the Congress central leadership would put the house in order after a dramatic month-long rebellion.
Sachin Pilot, India’s youngest MP, who became an elected representative at the age of 26, recently campaigned for the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, but the party failed to make an impact, winning only two seats in the 403-member assembly, five fewer than in 2017.
Sachin Pilot’s Big reveal on Vaibhav Gehlot
Sachin Pilot claimed that Vaibhav Gehlot was handed a Congress ticket to run in the Lok Sabha elections at his request, just days after Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot‘s son Vaibhav Gehlot was charged with fraud.
Moreover, Vaibhav Gehlot was identified as an accused in an FIR filed against 14 people for his role in a scam involving a project run by the state’s tourist department.
“The party high command was against it (giving a ticket to Vaibhav Gehlot) but I ensured he got it,” Sachin Pilot said.
Sachin Pilot further stated, “I was the Rajasthan Congress chief and I mentioned to both Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi that Ashok Gehlot is a newly-anointed chief minister and it won’t be good for his self-confidence if his son is denied a ticket. So, I prevailed and that is how Vaibhav Gehlot was given the ticket for the Lok Sabha election.”
In addition, he said, “Although he lost by a big margin, the son of another chief minister, Kamal Nath, was also given a Congress ticket and he won.”
Sachin Pilot refused to speak when asked about the allegations of fraud brought against Vaibhav Gehlot, saying, “Vaibhav has already spoken about it. I do not want to say anything more about it.”
Meanwhile, Vaibhav Gehlot had tweeted, “I have no information and no connection to the case in which my name has been dragged in the media. We all know that as the elections approach, false allegations, as well as manipulated stories, will surface.”
Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot’s cold war, which peaked in July 2020, is far from over.
Sachin Pilot said at a college function in Jaipur that leaders should help each other grow and not be insecure about their positions, an oblique reference to when he openly revolted against the Congress government in Rajasthan.
“Leadership should not be motivated by fear. “They should not be afraid that if someone else grows, they will take their seat, their place,” Sachin Pilot remarked.
Sachin Pilot, who had lost the chief ministership to Ashok Gehlot despite leading the party to victory in the state in 2018, stormed to Delhi in July 2020, protesting about a skewed arrangement and demanding a reversal.
The Ashok Gehlot government was on the verge of collapsing because to Pilot’s rebellion, which included 18 MLAs.
However, three Congress MLAs separated themselves from Pilot’s group, averting a recurrence of Madhya Pradesh, when Jyotiraditya Scindia marched over to the BJP with 22 MLAs just a few months ago, resulting to the Congress government’s collapse.