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Party is bigger than individual: Sachin Pilot

While Pilot was away, a section of party leaders became vocal over the choice of leadership, demanding that Gehlot be announced as the CM face.

jaipur Updated: Aug 02, 2018 22:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot. (HT File Photo)

Amid a turmoil over the leadership issue in the Congress, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot on Thursday said that the party is bigger than an individual and the Congress’ sole aim is to form a government in Rajasthan.

“All of us in the Congress want to form the government. The party has given us so much – all the big leaders have been given a post in country and state by the party. People want that the party should form the government in Rajasthan and we should play a positive role in that. We should ensure that there is no damage to the party,” he said addressing newspersons at the party office after returning from a four-day trip to Australia.

While Pilot was away, a section of party leaders became vocal over the choice of leadership, demanding that Gehlot be announced as the CM face. The Congress central leadership, however, has decided not to announce a CM face.

“The party has given us many opportunities… I was made an MP at 26. At 31, I was made a minister by Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh. Thereafter, at 35 was appointed as state president of Rajasthan, that too when the party’s strength was reduced to 21, which I believe is the lowest after independence – showing faith at a challenging time. It was the party’s magnanimity as there were many senior leaders who were on big posts, but the party trusted me and not,” Pilot said. “No matter, what challenges and difficulties comes in the way, I will fulfil the responsibilities given to me. We are moving ahead together… the party is not for an individual or leader. The Congress has been around for 130 years. It all happened because of collective work and contribution of all leaders.”

While speaking about AICC President Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Rajasthan, he said the programme is being finalised.

Pilot said Gandhi is likely to visit the state after the Parliament’s monsoon session wraps up. “After Gandhi’s rally, state party organisation will start working aggressively for elections.”

Reacting on the Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra, led by chief minister Vasundhara Raje, he said, “It should be Jawabdehi (accountability) Yatra, instead of Gaurav (pride), as BJP has failed on all fronts be it law and order, farmer issues, youth employment, inflation etc.”

Hitting out at the BJP, he said the word lynching was not there in people’s dictionary but came with the formation of the BJP government. Mob lynching incidents are now frequent incidents in the states ruled by the BJP, which is affecting harmony and peace.

Raje, in an interview with a news channel on July 30, said the incidents of lynching were not limited to Rajasthan alone and blamed the problem on frustration among people over lack of jobs.

Pilot said such statements showed the policy of the government to “increase anarchism”.

The chief minister should clarify as to why crimes against women are on peak in the state. Crimes of all nature are uncontrolled in the state,” Pilot said.

He said that the government should also speak about the irregularities in cow shelters.

“The government is patronising corruption while inflation has increased. Nearly 350 temples were also demolished in the state capital. The chief minister kept herself away from accountability and transparency but now she will have to give reply,” he said.

“The chief minister should clarify as to why crimes against women are on peak in the state. Crimes of all nature are uncontrolled in the state,” Pilot said.

He said that the government should also speak about the irregularities in cow shelters.

“The government is patronising corruption while inflation has increased. Nearly 350 temples were also demolished in the state capital. The chief minister kept herself away from accountability and transparency but now she will have to give reply,” he said.

With inputs from agencies

First Published: Aug 02, 2018 22:12 IST