Rajasthan chief ministerAshok Gehlotturned the heat on his former deputy Sachin Pilot on Monday when he criticised the rebel leader with an “innocent face” for trying to dislodge his government.
Gehlot, who in an interview to a TV channel admitted that he was not on speaking terms with his former No 2 for last 18 months, accused Pilot of working in cahoots with the BJP tobring down his government.
“He (Sachin Pilot) was conspiring from past six months with BJP’s support. Nobody believed me when I used to say that conspiracy is going on to topple the government. Nobody knew that a person with such an innocent face would do such a thing. I’m not here to sell vegetables, I am the CM,” Gehlot was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Last week, Gehlot had taken a swipe at Pilot telling mediapersons that “speaking good English, giving good television bytes and being handsome” was not everything in politics.
Pilot, who has ruled out joining the BJP, was sacked as deputy chief minister and pradesh Congress committee chief last week over his failure to attend the two Congress legislature party meetings and leading a rebellion against the CM. The 42-year-old leader and his MLAs supporting him have been served a notice by the assembly speaker. They have appealed against the speaker’s notice in the Rajasthan high court.
Even though the party has made repeated efforts to reach out to Pilot, credited with leading the Congress’s successful 2018 assembly campaign, CM Gehlot has been taking hits at the rebel leader, accusing him, repeatedly, of trying to topple the government.
Contrasting the situation of his MLAs with those in team Pilot, the CM alleged that the latter were held against their wishes and have been calling him. Earlier today, a video surfaced where Gehlot and his MLAs at the resort were seen singing “hum honge kamyab (We shall overcome)”.