BJP yet to name Rajasthan unit chief, Pilot says no one wants to be scapegoat

Rajasthan Congress president says BJP will suffer defeat in the assembly elections to be held later this year

jaipur Updated: Apr 23, 2018 22:18 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Kota
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Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot addresses 'Mera Booth Mera Gaurav' programme in Kota on Monday.(A H Zaidi/ HT Photo)

No BJP leader wants to become the Rajasthan unit president as the ruling party faces defeat in assembly polls, state Congress chief Sachin Pilot said here on Monday.

The state assembly elections are slated to be held by the year-end.

“Although it is the internal matter of the BJP as to whom they will make their state president, no one in Rajasthan wants to become a scapegoat since defeat is inevitable,” Pilot said while launching the Congress’s ‘Mera Booth, Mera Gaurav’ campaign from the Kota division.

“Even if the state president, chief minister or the entire cabinet are changed, nothing will work for the BJP,” he said, sounding the poll bugle.

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje cannot run away from her responsibility by merely changing the face of the state leadership, Pilot said, addressing party workers at Maharao Ummed Singh Stadium complex.

Farmers are committing suicides on the home turf of Raje in the Hadauti region as the Rajasthan government is insensitive to their problems, he said. “Farmers are not getting due prices for their crops; farm loan waiver is also a mere formality.”

He said the Mera Booth Mera Gaurav campaign has be launched to energise workers and strengthen the Congress’s base at the booth level through mass contact drives.

“People are against the government and support the Congress, so Congressmen should give priority to their poll booths.” Pilot asked party workers to pressure the local administration for removing fake voters and adding new ones.

Former union minister CP Joshi called upon booth-level workers to seek information about voters and win them over. He asked Congress workers to remain active on social media to counter the BJP’s propaganda.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and Rajasthan in-charge Avinash Pandey, AICC secretary Tarun Kumar, AICC general secretary Mohan Prakash, former union minister Namonarayan Meena, former Congress ministers Shanti Dhariwal and Bharat Singh, and Rajasthan leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi were present at the meeting.

Pickpocketing

Incidents of pickpocketing were reported at the meeting venue. Many people complained that their mobile phones were stolen.

First Published: Apr 23, 2018 22:17 IST