Sachin Pilot, a Rajasthan Congress politician, met with Sonia Gandhi yesterday amid allegations that he indicated a strong desire to become the Chief Minister of his native state.
Moreover, after the meeting, Sachin Pilot stated, “I talked about how we need to buck the trend and return to power in Rajasthan.” He was alluding to the state’s elections next year.
With its national footprint dwindling, the ruling Congress confronts the challenge of reversing Rajasthan’s record of incumbents losing elections.
According to insiders, the group discussed Sachin Pilot’s future role in Rajasthan. When he rebelled in 2020, he held the positions of Rajasthan Congress chairman and Deputy Chief Minister, both of which he lost.
“I’ve spoken about the Congress’s future and how to move it forward in Rajasthan…how we need to buck the trend and reclaim power. To further strengthen the party, certain initiatives must be performed “He told reporters about it.
Meanwhile, the Congress president will make the political decision on his job and responsibilities, according to insiders.
Sachin Pilot remarked on whether he would accept a national role instead of the top job
“I have always made it clear that I will play my part in any role provided but I would absolutely like to focus on my state Rajasthan,” Sachin Pilot said when asked if he would accept a national role instead of the top job in Rajasthan, which Ashok Gehlot is unlikely to accept.
The discussion comes after a slew of high-profile departures from Congress in the last two years. When it comes to Rahul Gandhi’s closest allies, Sachin Pilot is nearly the last man standing; Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada, and RPN Singh have all defected to the BJP.
Sachin Pilot has made it plain to the Gandhis that he wants to be Rajasthan’s Chief Minister; he ran for the office when the Congress won the state election in 2018 but was persuaded to settle for the position of Ashok Gehlot’s deputy.
Further, he marched to Delhi two years later, protesting about a bad deal, and camped with a gang of 18 MLAs for weeks before being convinced to call off his rebellion. Mr. Gehlot’s government was on the edge of collapse as a result of the uprising.
According to sources, Mr. Sachin Pilot met with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra a few days ago to discuss matters.
Moreover, the Gandhis were able to persuade him to end his revolt in 2020, following with a pledge to look into his problems and give his supporters a larger portion of the party and the Rajasthan administration.
After more than a year, the changes had finally materialized. Late last year, Ashok Gehlot, who was considered opposed to any reform that could give Mr. Pilot greater authority, shifted his cabinet to appease his rival’s followers.
Mr. Pilot told reporters at the time that he was willing to take on any responsibility the party assigned to him.