Outpouring of support for Pilot, colleagues regret his exit

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Outpouring of support for Pilot, colleagues regret his exit


NEW DELHI: Sachin Pilot’s sacking as

Rajasthan deputy chief minister

and state Congress chief and impending exit from the party brought out an outpouring of support and regret from party colleagues who called him a talented leader and wished things had not come to such a pass though some questioned his “over-ambitiousness”.

The show of support particularly came from younger leaders who were ministerial colleagues in the UPA government. Sources indicated that interventions were made in a desperate effort to avoid what appeared to be the inevitable divorce between Pilot and Congress, but they did not succeed. While details were not available, it appeared that calls were made to Pilot and the Congress leadership to arrive at a compromise, but the former was unrelenting in his rebellion. The sense of regret is all the more significant as it seems to reinforce the view that younger leaders do not have space and revives speculation that the party is chary of anyone gaining prominence in comparison to

Rahul Gandhi

.

Former Mumbai MP

Priya Dutt

said, “Another friend leaves the party. Both Sachin and

Jyotiraditya

(

Scindia

) were colleagues and good friends. Unfortunately, our party has lost two stalwart young leaders with great potential. I don’t believe being ambitious is wrong. They have worked hard through the most difficult times.”

Former minister of state

Jitin Prasada

tweeted, “Sachin Pilot is not just a colleague but my friend. No one can take away the fact that all these years, he has worked with dedication for the party. Sincerely hope the situation can still be salvaged. Sad it has come to this.”

Though he is not in the same “club”, former minister Shashi Tharoor tweeted, “I am sad to see Sachin Pilot leave Congress. I consider him one of our best and brightest, and wish it had not come to this.” However, he added that Pilot should have joined the effort to make the party a better “instrument for his and our dreams”. Even here, there seemed to a suggestion that there was a need for reform in the manner of Congress’s functioning.

The sympathetic comments captured the widespread regret in the party at Pilot’s dismissal owing to his rebellion against Rajasthan CM

Ashok Gehlot

. While some said Pilot had to be retained and things should not have been allowed to spiral, a leader said, “Rahul Gandhi invested a great deal of ener

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