JAIPUR: Amid the litany of allegations, legal battles and constitutional wrangling that has plunged Rajasthan politics into crisis, both CM Ashok Gehlot and his sacked deputy Sachin Pilot on Wednesday made overtures that appeared to leave a window open for a possible reconciliation.
While Gehlot suggested all would be forgiven if Pilot and the other 18 dissident MLAs apologised to the Congress high command, the disgruntled former deputy CM took to Twitter to congratulate Govind Singh Dotasra on taking over as PCC chief after his ouster. Pilot also tweeted birthday greetings to speaker CP Joshi, against whom he and his loyalists have moved court for issuing disqualification notices to them.
In Jaipur, CM Gehlot was unsparing in his criticism of BJP for allegedly orchestrating a plot to topple his government and governor Kalraj Mishra over his refusal to convene a special session without 21 days’ notice. But speaking at an event marking Dotasra’s appointment as new PCC chief, Gehlot said Congress hadn’t slammed the door shut on the dissidents.
“All it takes is an unconditional apology to the high command. We will abide by whatever decision the high command takes,” the chief minister said, barely a week after a no-hold-barred attack in which he called Pilot “nikamma-nakara (worthless and idle)”.
Pilot didn’t respond to the offer of a rapprochement, but his congratulatory tweet to Dotasra spoke of the need to “respect” party workers and their contributions. “Congratulations to Mr @GovindDotasraji on assuming the charge as the president of the Rajasthan PCC. I hope that without any pressure or partiality, you will give full respect to those workers whose hard work helped form the government.”
Tagging Pilot, who has been away from Jaipur since the second week of July, Dotasra replied in Hindi: “Thank you very much Sachin ji. I also hope that you will come to Jaipur and stand with the Congress government to maintain the dignity of all those Congress workers whose hard work paid off in forming the government, leaving the hospitality of BJP and the (Manohar Lal) Khattar government.”
Taking the cue from Pilot, sacked tourism minister Vishvendra Singh, who has also been suspended from Congress, tweeted his congratulations to Dotasra and wished the assembly speaker a happy birthday.


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