Amidst growing discord in the state leadership in Rajasthan Congress, the tussle between senior leader Sachin Pilot and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot rose a rank on Monday after Pilot issued an ultimatum.
Addressing a rally in Jaipur at the end of his five-day, 125 km ‘Jan Sagharsh Yatra’ against alleged maladministration and corruption in the Rajasthan government, he said that if his demands were not fulfilled by the end of May, he would launch a statewide agitation.
The three demands raised by him include, inter alia, disbanding the allegedly corrupt Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC), including its professional reconstitution; recompensing youths for cancellation of recruitment exams due to paper leaks, and finally of initiating an unbiased inquiry into the corruption charges that were levelled during the tenure of Vasundhara Raje as chief minister in the previous Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state.
Notably, while continuously stressing on the need to investigate corruption that occurred in the tenure of Raje, Pilot has been taking repeated jibes at the Congress Chief Minister in the recent past.
The declaration of ultimatum and the threat of a state-wide agitation against the Chief Minister is a significant development as the internal feud of the Congress leaders continues to occupy the public stage, with no specific redressal or statement by the Congress high command.
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