Jaipur, November 22: All is not well within the Congress-led government in Rajasthan despite Sunday's Cabinet expansion. Now Independent MLA Ramkesh Meena, the newly-appointed advisor to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, has launched a scathing attack on former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, saying that Congress will suffer in Rajasthan because of Pilot.
"The Congress will suffer huge losses if the party imposes Pilot on Rajasthan and contests the 2023 Assembly elections under his leadership. I shall speak openly against the proposal and will also go to the Congress high command to apprise them of the fact that the party will lose its ground in the state if Pilot leads it. I will not support the party in that case," Meena said.
It needs to be mentioned here that Pilot had strongly objected to the induction of Independent and BSP MLAs into the Cabinet, saying that the party workers who worked hard to form the government should be rewarded and not those who contested against Congress candidates in the elections. ‘Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2023 Will Be Contested Under Collective Leadership’, Says Sachin Pilot.
As a result of Pilot camp's objection to the induction of Independent MLAs into the Cabinet, the MLAs supporting the Gehlot government could not be included in it.
However, to make things smooth, three Independent MLAs, including Ramkesh, Sanyam Lodha and Babulal, have been appointed as advisors to Gehlot. The CM now has six advisors.
Meena also said that now that the Congress high command has accepted the demand of Pilot by allotting portfolios to leaders from his camp in the Cabinet, he should leave Rajasthan.
Meena said that in the 2018 Assembly elections, the Congress suffered a loss of 50 seats because of Pilot's presence. Had the charge been with Gehlot, Congress could have won 150 seats, he said, adding that if Pilot remains in the state, the party will suffer losses in the 2023 Assembly elections as well.
During the political crisis in Rajasthan last year, 13 Independent MLAs stood by Gehlot and saved the government. However, none of them have not found a place in the Cabinet.
Gehlot had recently said that the cooperation of these MLAs can never be forgotten. However, now there seems to be disappointment among them, as they have been left out of the state Cabinet.
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