Rajasthan Congress on Tuesday took disciplinary action against Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot after he failed to turn up at the Congress Legislative Party meeting in Jaipur. In an announcement by Randeep Singh Surjewala, it came out clear that Pilot, along with two other ministers were removed from their post with immediate effect. This comes after talks between senior Congress leaders, including, working President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi failed to convince Pilot come back into the fold.
Following the Congress Legislative Party meet, a press conference was addressed by Randeep Singh Surjewala, wherein he said, “Sachin Pilot, along with some other ministers have teamed up with the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is clearly aimed at toppling the Rajasthan government.” “Several leaders of the Congress party have tried to speak with Sachin Pilot, but to no vain,” Surjewala said, adding, “there was no response from Pilot.”
Govind Singh Dotasra was replaced by Sachin Pilot as Rajasthan PCC Chief, Surjewala said. Tuesday morning began with a hope that Sachin Pilot would return to normal action as reports emerging from Jaipur suggested. However, as the day progressed, Congress party’s hopes faded with Pilot camp, who stationed at Gurugram, failed to show up for the meeting. 102 MLAs present at the party meet had unanimously demanded that Sachin Pilot should be removed from the party.
Ahead of the meeting, Congress general secretary Avinash Pande had made another bid to reach out to the rebel leader, who had skipped the first CLP meeting at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s home on Monday. Eighteen other Congress MLAs had also not attended Monday’s meeting, according to sources. But independents and MLAs from other parties participated, expressing support for Gehlot. Tuesday’s meeting was said to be a second chance for Pilot, who is also the president of the state unit of the party.