In a development that adds to the internal challenges faced by the Congress party, senior Rajasthan Congress leader Sachin Pilot has issued a 15-day ultimatum to his own party. Pilot, who is already at odds with his party over the Chief Ministerial selection process in Karnataka, has now threatened to intensify agitation against the Congress-led government in Rajasthan if it fails to take action against alleged corruption during the previous BJP government led by Vasundhara Raje.
The former deputy chief minister of Rajasthan made his ultimatum public at the conclusion of his five-day ‘Jan Sangharsh Yatra,’ where he interacted with people across the state. During the yatra, Pilot received feedback from the public regarding their concerns, particularly related to corruption allegations against the previous BJP regime.
Addressing the media, Sachin Pilot expressed his disappointment with the lack of action by the Congress government in addressing the corruption allegations. He demanded swift action against those responsible for the alleged corruption and emphasized that the 15-day deadline should be viewed as a final opportunity for the party to address the issue satisfactorily.
Pilot’s move comes at a time when the Congress is already grappling with internal dissent and factionalism. The ongoing power struggle for the Chief Ministerial post in Karnataka has exposed divisions within the party, with various factions supporting different leaders. Sachin Pilot’s ultimatum adds further strain to the Congress leadership, as it struggles to navigate these internal rifts and maintain party unity.
The 15-day ultimatum issued by the influential Rajasthan leader puts additional pressure on the Congress leadership to address the concerns raised by Pilot and take decisive action against corruption. Failure to do so could potentially result in further unrest within the party, leading to potential consequences in both Rajasthan and other states where the Congress is seeking to regain its political foothold.
Sachin Pilot’s threat to escalate agitation against the Congress-led government in Rajasthan highlights the growing discontent within the party and raises questions about its ability to effectively govern and tackle issues of corruption. The ultimatum presents a significant challenge for the Congress leadership, who will now have to navigate a delicate balancing act between addressing internal dissent and maintaining stability within the party.
The Congress party, already facing criticism from opposition parties for its governance record, will need to act swiftly and decisively to address the corruption allegations leveled against the previous BJP government. Failure to do so could not only damage the party’s credibility but also impact its prospects in future elections.
As the 15-day deadline approaches, all eyes will be on the Congress leadership’s response to Sachin Pilot’s demands. The party’s ability to resolve internal conflicts and effectively tackle corruption allegations will have far-reaching implications for its future prospects and stability within Rajasthan and beyond.
Disclaimer: This article is based on the statements made by Sachin Pilot and the current political situation. The response and actions of the Congress party in relation to the corruption allegations are subject to further developments and negotiations.
Calling it the source of paper leaks, Mr Pilot demanded disbanding of the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) and its reconstitution, and a compensation for those affected by government job exam paper leak cases
“We are getting people’s support because our issues are essential. The chief minister is the face of the state, and CM Ashok Gehlot and I will have to unitedly fight against cases of corruption. But the Chief Minister has not taken any action I have been writing letters for a long time to take action against issues of corruption,” Mr Pilot told news agency ANI on the fourth day of his Ajmer to Jaipur yatra.
Asked about unity in the Rajasthan Congress in view of upcoming state polls, he had said, “Neither do I hurl allegations at anyone nor do I have any rift with anyone on an individual level.”
Mr Pilot credited the massive Congress victory in Karnataka to the alleged corruption in the previous BJP government.
The results make it clear that the people of Karnataka had resolved to remove the 40-per cent commission government in the state. Corruption was the main issue in this election and it helped the Congress. Our focus now is to provide a clean and stable government to the people of the state and make good on our promises to provide jobs and ensure efficient delivery of services,” Sachin Pilot said.
Rajasthan will go to Assembly polls later this year, where Congress is seeking another term ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha polls in 2024.