By Dev Ankur Wadhawan: After the victory in the Karnataka polls, the Congress is now shifting its focus to Rajasthan. Amid a continuing tussle between Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot, the Congress leadership will hold a meeting in Delhi on Thursday.
Keeping in mind the Assembly polls slated in a few months from now in Rajasthan, which remains a divided house for Congress, the meeting is being seen as an attempt by the high command to once again build a truce between the two factions.
Both Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot are likely to attend the meeting meant to take stock and analyse the party’s strategy in the run-up to the polls in Rajasthan.
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In the aftermath of Pilot’s open ultimatum to the Gehlot-led state government earlier this month, party insiders believe that the tussle had been harming the party’s interests on the ground in the poll-bound desert state and the sooner it is resolved the better it will be for the party’s interests.
Holding the stage to attention on May 15, Sachin Pilot openly demanded the Rajasthan government to fulfill three demands, failing which, he said that Gehlot dispensation would face agitation in the state.
“So far, I have been peaceful in putting forth my demands by doing symbolic fasts and taking out jan sangharsh padyatra but if, by the end of this month, the Gehlot government does not fulfill three demands that I have put forth, including providing compensation to all the students affected due to paper leak, disbanding RPSC and its reorganization and formation of high-level committee to investigate cases of corruption that surfaced during Vasundhara Raje regime, there will be agitation in the state,” Pilot said.
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Also likely to be present during the meeting are Rajasthan’s Congress in-charge Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, state Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasra, along with the three co-in charges, who were appointed to take stock of the ground situation in the state in the run-up to Assembly polls in Rajasthan earlier this year.
These co-in charges will submit their fact-finding report to the state’s Congress in charge, who will submit it to party president Mallikarjun Khadge during the high-level meet.
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