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‘Truth can be rattled, not defeated’: Sachin Pilot after being removed from Rajasthan Cabinet

Pilot also changed his profile on Twitter deleting all references to his position as deputy CM and Rajasthan Congress chief to MLA of Tonk and a former Minister of IT, Telecom & Corporate Affairs, Government of India.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 14, 2020 8:44:08 pm
The Congress on Tuesday stripped Sachin Pilot of the two key positions he held within the party and Rajasthan Cabinet, possibly shutting the door for reconciliation with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Soon after his removal as Rajasthan’s deputy chief minister and state Congress unit chief, rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot said “truth can be rattled, not defeated”.

“Truth can be rattled, not defeated,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

He also changed his profile on Twitter deleting all references to his position as deputy CM and Rajasthan Congress chief to MLA of Tonk and a former Minister of IT, Telecom & Corporate affairs, Government of India.

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The Congress party also removed his loyalists Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena from the state cabinet. Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara will replace Pilot as the Rajasthan Congress president. Hem Singh Shekhawat was made the new state president of the Congress Seva Dal.

AICC spokesperson Randeep Surjewala announced the decision after a Congress Legislature Party meeting held in Jaipur. This was the second time Pilot didn’t show up for the CLP meetings. Addressing the media after the CLP meeting today, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala accused the BJP of misleading Pilot and other Congress leaders. “We spoke to Pilot multiple times and told him that all his concerns will be addressed. No other young neta has grown as much as Pilot. We have given him due recognition in the short-term that he was in politics,” he said.

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The ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan may have pushed the Ashok Gehlot government to the brink following the rebellion by Sachin Pilot and some of his loyalists, but a “Bhopal-like development” seems far off. This is so because the difference between the combined strength of the Congress and that of the BJP-led opposition is not razor-thin in Rajasthan, unlike in Madhya Pradesh.

In the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, the Congress has 107 MLAs and it is supported by two members each from Bharatiya Tribal Party and CPM, one MLA from RLD, and 12 Independents (124). The BJP has 72 MLAS, its ally, the Hanuman Beniwal-led Rashtriya Loktantrik Party, has three and is supported by one Independent MLA.

Amid the infighting between Rajasthan Chief Minister and his deputy, Pilot-led Rajasthan Congress camp on Monday night released a video showing at least 16 MLAs sitting together. On Monday, the Rajasthan Congress Legislature Party passed a resolution to extend their support to the Ashok Gehlot-led government, which Pilot claimed, has been reduced to a minority.

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