The political crisis in Rajasthan took a turn different from what doomsayers and naysayers had anticipated. Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot’s rebellion had different attendant reasons.
His was a voice of protest against an unresponsive Congress high command and not to topple a government blessed with the mandate of the 80 million-strong electorate.
Sachin’s trajectory of revolt could be in many ways likened to his father– Rajesh Pilot. The senior Pilot in the late 90s spoke against an inner coterie that considerably influenced Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
However, Pilot never deserted the Congress. His sole intent was to make the top leadership listen and restore intra-party democracy. When the party’s dissenting trio- Sharad Pawar, Purno Sangma and Tariq Anwar broke away from the Congress to float the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in May 1999, the senior Pilot resisted all blandishments to join it.
He had gone on record claiming that if he had his way, the Babri Masjid would have never been razed down. Rajesh Pilot was also a vociferous opponent of the then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao’s liaisons with the notorious Godman Chandraswamy.
But unlike his father, Sachin is not loquacious. Nor is the craving perpetually for the media spotlight. During his first stint in the Lok Sabha, he asked just one query and participated in a dozen debating sessions despite being a regular attendee at the Parliament. An MBA from Wharton Business School, Sachin is articulate but chooses his words with care. He is circumspect too.
Going by the chain of events in the past 24 hours or so, many speculations have been scorched. Sachin did not meet BJP chief JP Nadda as was widely speculated.
His rebellion was so unlike Jyotiraditya Scindia who abjured the Congress and jumped fences to the BJP, leading to the collapse of the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh and reinstatement of BJP’s poster boy Shivraj Singh Chauhan as the Chief Minister of the Hindi heartland.
Media tracking the course of Sachin Pilot’s dissent beamed stories of his backing of 30 disgruntled MLAs in Rajasthan. But old warhorse and incumbent Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, also an inveterate Gandhi family loyalist, knew to herd his MLAs together.
He convened an exigent meeting at his residence attended by over 100 legislators. Later, these MLAs were shepherded to Fairmont Hotel to preclude any attempt of poaching.
The Congress Legislature Party in Rajasthan also passed a resolution, assuring that the government was not endangered from any insurrection within the party ranks. The coup, if any, was systematically crushed.
Article Written By Dibyajit Sahu
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