Rajasthan: After the Congress’s defeat in the Lok Sabha election, it’s time for allegations and counter-allegations in the party’s rank and file. If Congress president Rahul Gandhi stated ironically that the leaders of the party were campaigning for their sons, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot now says the party’s State president Sachin Pilot should take responsibility for the defeat of his son Vaibhav Gehlot.
Gehlot Sr said during an interview with ABP News, “Sachin Pilot said we would win with a big majority. He said our Jodhpur Lok Sabha seat had six MLAs who had done good publicity there. Now he should take the responsibility for the defeat at least in Jodhpur.”
Vaibhav, son of the Rajasthan chief minister, lost the Jodhpur seat by 2.7 lakh votes. BJP’s Gajendra Singh Shekhawat defeated him.
Gehlot Sr addressed a lot of rallies in his Assembly area to ensure his son’s victory. His detractors say the Rajasthan chief minister ignored other constituencies in the State.
Changing tack soon in the interview soon, Gehlot Sr then attributed the loss of his son’s constituency and that in the rest of Rajasthan was the “responsibility of all, whether it is the president of State Congress or the chief minister”. The defeat on such a large scale is beyond understanding, he added.
The Rajasthan chief minister said about the party president’s complaint, anything that is said within the party should be left there.
Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and State Congress president Sachin Pilot has said he is surprised by what Gehlot said but refused to say anything further on the issue. An associate of Pilot said that Gehlot had lost his own polling booth by 400 votes despite having been the chief minister of Rajasthan thrice, an MLA four times and an MP from Jodhpur five times.
Strife between two of the top Congress leaders in Rajasthan is a reality now. Before this, they had fought over the post of the chief minister after winning the Assembly election last year. Sirf News had predicted this fallout in March: