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Pilot meets Sonia: ‘Will take up any role party gives’

Sachin Pilot for long has been demanding that Cabinet expansion should happen and appointments to boards and corporations in the state be made soon.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi |
Updated: November 13, 2021 12:45:19 am
Sachin Pilot on Friday met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi | File

AS THE Congress leadership gives final touches to the reshuffle of the Ashok Gehlot Cabinet and reorganisation of the party organisation in Rajasthan, senior party leader Sachin Pilot on Friday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Pilot, sources said, is no more averse to taking up a role in the AICC.

Pilot’s meeting with Sonia came a day after Chief Minister Gehlot met her. The Congress leadership is said to be keen to bring Pilot to Delhi as an AICC general secretary but he was reportedly reluctant to move out of Rajasthan as taking up a post without ensuring that his loyalists have been suitably accommodated would have sent out a wrong signal.

Sources said the reshuffle, being worked out in Delhi, could be to his satisfaction.

“I had a very good meeting with the Congress president. I gave her my feedback about the political situation in Rajasthan, the functioning of the government and the organisation and what all we should do… we should work even more harder to win the mandate of the people again in the elections, which are just about 22 months away,” Pilot said after the meeting.

On taking up a national role, Pilot said, “Whatever the Congress party wants me to do, I am more than happy to do. For the past 20 years, whatever job I have been assigned, I have done it diligently, with all my dedication and effort, and now also whatever the party decides, what role I have to do… I am happy to do that.”

“I am happy Mrs Gandhi took feedback from all of us. I think at the right time, AICC general secretary Mr [Ajay] Maken will take the appropriate decision viz-a-viz Rajasthan,” he said.

On the Cabinet reshuffle, Pilot said the party will take a decision taking into consideration factors like “experience, credibility, performance, regional balance and caste combination”.

He expressed confidence that the party high command will address the issues that he had raised a year ago.

Baghel meets sonia over up elections

New Delhi: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and AICC general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday. The meeting lasted about 30 minutes. Sources said the discussion was about the party’s preparations for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Baghel is the Congress’s observer for the UP elections. ENS

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