Will not wear Rajasthani turban until Congress comes to power: Sachin Pilot
In the last four years, Sachin Pilot has not been seen wearing a Rajasthani turban, for which he has a penchant.jaipur Updated: Oct 08, 2017 20:38 IST
Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Sachin Pilot will not wear ‘Rajasthani safa (turban)’ until the Congress comes to power in Rajasthan. This is a vow, Pilot says, he took after the drubbing in Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan.
“Sometime in August 2014, I took a resolution that I won’t wear Rajasthani Safa until Congress forms government again in the state,” Pilot told HT during his recently organised ‘Kisan Nyay Padyatra’.
The assembly elections in Rajasthan are due in 2018 end.
“After severe defeat of Congress party in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, in which BJP had won all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan and Congress could not win even a single seat, I felt badly hurt,” said Pilot.
In the last four years, Pilot has not been seen wearing a Rajasthani turban, for which he has a penchant.
“Wearing Rajasthani turban is an integral part of the Rajasthani culture, but since taking up the resolution, I have not worn any traditional headgear,” Pilot said.
“If I attend any public, religious or political programme, I just accept pre-tied turban from anyone who gifts me and touch such safa to my head as a mark of respect for the turban and to the person who gifts it to me, but I don’t wear it,” he added. “My resolve is not for any personal gain and it does not mean that I want to acquire any position, but it is my promise to myself for success of Congress in Rajasthan,” he further added.
The leader claims he is “very fast” in tying turban and has done so within 7 seconds in the past.
Pilot, who comes from the Gujjar community, which considers turban trying as part of its rituals and customs, said, “I pray to God that Congress wins next assembly polls and I am able to again wear Rajasthani safa.”
Rajasthani Safa is a five to eight-metre-long headgear usually worn on auspicious occasions and is a part of the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan.