‘Will win Rajasthan polls if…’: Ashok Gehlot after meeting with Sachin Pilot, Congress brass

‘Will win Rajasthan polls if…’: Ashok Gehlot after meeting with Sachin Pilot, Congress brass

By Dev Ankur Wadhawan: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday said that the role of his former deputy, Sachin Pilot, will be decided by the Congress high command.

“If Sachin Pilot is in the party, he will work with us only. Party high command will decide his role. I have no demand for any post,” said CM Ashok Gehlot.

“We will again form the government if we work together. One who has patience always gets a chance,” added the Rajasthan chief minister.

Gehlot’s statements came a day after he and Pilot met Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge at his residence in New Delhi.

According to sources, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi managed to achieve an uneasy truce between CM Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.

In a meeting that lasted for several hours, sources informed India Today, Ashok Gehlot was not very keen on accommodating Sachin Pilot in a big role before the elections.

However, a truce between the two was reached after Rahul Gandhi’s intervention. Rahul Gandhi wanted to ensure that a solution to the political feud between Gehlot and Pilot was announced before he left for America.

The Gandhi scion assured in the meeting that Sachin Pilot would not be insulted and will get due respect within the party.

Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot have been at loggerheads for a long time. However, the duo agreed to fight the high-stakes state Assembly polls unitedly in the meeting.

This was the first time after a long gap that Gehlot and Pilot had a face-to-face meeting in the presence of the top party leadership. The meeting was called to resolve the infighting in the Rajasthan Congress months ahead of the polls.

The crucial meeting, which lasted for over four hours, was attended by Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot, Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi, AICC general secretary KC Venugopal and Rajasthan party leader Jitendra Singh.

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