Attacking AAP government in Delhi, Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot said that the issues on which Congress gave support to AAP were not being addressed and the party was bringing up new issues “to stay in the headlines”. “The issues on which our party supported AAP, which had made a lot of promises…that is not happening. We had said ‘take up those issues and take our support for five years’. But those were forgotten and they come out with new issues. Be it right or wrong or will the people get benefited by it or not… it is not primary to them…,” Pilot said.
The Union Minister, who participated in the Panchayat Aajtak conclave, denied speculations that Congress was trying to cut into BJP votes with the help of AAP. On the recent loss in four states in the Assembly elections, Pilot, who was appointed the Rajasthan Congress chief, said his party accepted the loss, and whatever be the reason, the party has borne the political damage, and observed that inflation was one of the reasons for the Rajasthan loss.
Replying to a query, he said no minister can individually raise gas prices. “Prices are set after a discussion,” he said. Pilot also asserted that the perception that all private players are dishonest is wrong. “We benefited due to the arrival of private companies. Look at the aviation sector,” he said, while cautioning that “due process has to be followed.”
Sources said Ashish Khetan will be the vice-chairman of the commission.