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Rajasthan Tales: Sachin Pilot Denies Truce, After Congress Sources Claimed Breakthrough
Congress sources claim a "breakthrough" after weeks of standoff since Sachin Pilot launched his revolt in early July.
Rajasthan Tales: Sachin Pilot Denies Truce After Congress Sources Claimed Breakthrough
New Delhi: Rebelion Sachin Pilot met both Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi today for the first time since he launched his revolt a month ago in the moves towards a rapprochement in the Rajasthan Congress crisis, which has pushed the party's government led by Ashok Gehlot.
As per the sources, the term "homecoming" for Sachi Pilot's along with 18 other rebels were discussed at the meeting with Rahul Gandhi's home.
The sources in congress indicate that it is unlikely that he will get back the post of the state's Congress chief.
Removing Asho Gehlot as CM, which Mr. Pilot has demanded all along is also "out of the question", said the leader.
The talks which lasted for about two-three weeks were described as the "meeting of minds" by team Pilot
Whereas the sources in the Congress party claims that they are on the verge of a "breakthrough" after weeks if the standoff since Mr. Pilot launched his revolt in early July.
Also, this may involve a meeting between Mr. Pilot and the Gandhis or with the Congress leaders.
As per the sources, the moves follow a meeting between Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Sachin Pilot two weeks back "at a commonplace in NCR", after which the talks were reportedly held at various levels.
However, team Pilot denied reports of the "breakthrough" and has insisted that their core issue remained Ashok Gehlot they say must be removed as CM.
The reports of the fresh attempt at reconciliation have emerged just four days before the Rajasthan assembly, where the Ashok Gehlot is likely to push for a trust vote his majority and outmaneuver the rebels.
The Chief Minister has launched multiple and sharp attacks on his 42-year-old sacked deputy accusing him of plotting a coup with the BJP.
Mr. Pilot has denied the allegation and has asserted that he has no plans to join the BJP.
In its attempts at peace-making, the Congress leadership in Delhi may face push-back from Rajasthan, where the Congress MLAs hit out at Sachin Pilot's "betrayal" in a meeting late last night.
On Sunday night a congress legislature party meeting was held at a hotel in Jaisalmer, where Mr. Gehlot flew his MLAs to guard his numbers after the August 14 assembly session date was announced.
Mr. Gehlot asked the party legislators to show their unity on the floor of the House. "We are all democratic warriors. We are going to win this war and also win the (assembly) election after three-and-a-half years," he said, addressing the MLAs.