JAIPUR: Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday claimed that his former deputy Sachin Pilot had begun plotting the fall of his government from its inception and that “they were not on talking terms for the last one-and-a-half years”.
“A minister does not talk to his CM, nor seeks his advice and there is no dialogue. In a democracy, even arch rivals talk. The beauty of democracy is dialogue. The news generated over the last one-and-a-half years is sufficient for a book,” said Gehlot, while speaking to a news channel on the latest showdown with Pilot.
He claimed Pilot has been playing the victim card and had unnecessarily made the state Special Operation Group (SOG) notice to him an issue. Notices were issued to 10-12 MLAs, he said.
“Our party complained to the SOG that BJP was hatching a conspiracy to topple the government. We had not taken his name, but he was clarifying. Now, it is evident why he clarified,” he said.
“During the Rajya Sabha elections, I had to take the MLAs to a hotel and kept them there for 10 days. I felt bad about it. It was then alleged that I had done it to show the deputy CM in poor light,” he said.
Asked why Pilot was not made the CM in Rajasthan while other state’s PCC presidents in Punjab, Chhattisgarh and MP — Amarinder Singh, Bhupesh Bhagel and Kamal Nath respectively — went on to become CMs, Gehlot said “the decision was left to the high command”. “Most MLAs were in my favour and the situation in Rajasthan was different in comparison to other states. In Rajasthan, the people wanted me as CM,” said Gehlot. On the present crisis, he said, “Once you get over-ambitious, your thought process takes a back seat.”
“If he comes back, I will give him a hug,” Gehlot also added.


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