Sachin Pilot says, "not joining BJP"
A day after Congress cracked its whip on Sachin Pilot and his close aides, the former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister said that some leaders are trying to fuel speculation that he is joining the BJP.
Former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot has once again tried to put an end to the speculation that he was joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
On Wednesday, Pilot told news agency PTI, "I am not joining the BJP". Pilot asserted that he had worked hard to defeat the saffron party and bring the Congress back to power in Rajasthan.
Pilot told PTI that some leaders in Rajasthan were trying to fuel speculation that he was joining the BJP and he would like to categorically state that he was not doing so.
His remarks come a day after the Congress sacked him as Rajasthan's deputy chief minister and the party's state unit president.
Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena –two loyalists of Pilot –were also dropped from the state Cabinet.
CM Ashok Gehlot and Pilot camp have been at odds for the past several months. However, in the past couple of days, skeletons tumbled out of the closet. Pilot camp openly rebelled against Gehlot leadership in the state. The Congress leadership has accused that BJP was behind the political crisis in Rajasthan.
On Tuesday, the Congress party took disciplinary action against Pilot and his camp. While Pilot was removed from his offices, the Congress high command appointed Govind Singh Dotasara as the new president of the party's Rajasthan unit.
Meanwhile, late on Tuesday, Congress’ national general secretary and Rajasthan in-charge Avinash Pande dissolved the party's state executive and all departments and cells of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC).