Rajasthan: An open revolt by Sachin Pilot

An open revolt by young Congress leader Sachin Pilot has led the party's government in the Rajasthan into a deep crisis situation. The fate of the Congress government in the state remained in limbo. After a day of uncertainties and hectic meetings, the party packed off at least 100 MLAs to a resort in the evening on Monday, a sign that the crisis is far from over. The day began on a negative note for the Congress with Sachin Pilot, who has been on a warpath with his boss and arch-rival Ashok Gehlot, refusing to attend the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting.
Though there was no official word on the number of MLAs who attended the meeting at Gehlot’s home, party leaders claimed 106 legislators were there.
Pilot claimed that he had the support of more than 30 MLAs. In the 200-member Assembly, the Congress has 107 MLAs and the BJP 72. There were several incidents that publicly showed that nothing is well between Gehlot-Pilot since the 2018 assembly elections but the top party leaders didn’t make sincere efforts to iron out the differences. It was like waiting and watching and handling things on a case-to-case basis as the situation arises.
In Madhya Pradesh, the party didn’t take any pro-active decision on ongoing the power tussle between Scindia — who along with 22 Congress MLAs split the party in March this year —  Kamal Nath and senior party leader Digvijay Singh.
“The party jumps to fire fighting when the situation is out of control and things are blown out of proportion. The party should settle the leadership issue so that decisions are expedited and it is needed urgently if we want to take on the BJP-led Centre. After the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, many leaders had called for holding organisational elections and getting people having electoral appeal to the party’s decision making body but all in vain.
Politics is about the ability to manage contradictions. The question is how long this cosmetic unity will remain, especially when leaders from both the rival camps are not willing to give their claims to the top job.
 

- Prabhakar Purandare

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