Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Promises to Pilot should be fulfilled: AICC gen secy

AICC official’s statement comes a day after Pilot said the party high command failed to deliver on the promises made to him last year

- HT Correspond­ent

JAIPUR: Coming in support of Sachin Pilot, AICC general secretary Bhanwar Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday that the promises made to the former Rajasthan deputy chief minister should be fulfilled.

Singh’s statement came a day after Pilot said the Congress high command has failed to deliver on the promises that made to him when he along with 18 legislator­s returned to the party after a month-long rebellion last year. Pilot returned to the party when a committee headed by general secretary Ajay Maken was formed to address his grievances. Even after 10 months, the former deputy CM said, the committee has not resolved the issues he had raised.

Asked about Pilot’s statement, former Alwar MP Singh told a paper, “Whatever talks had happened between the high command and the in charge general secretary should be fulfilled. I believe there is nothing wrong if he has raised an issue. If some issue is unresolved, then it can be raised. In the Congress, everyone is free to speak.”

Asked if the Pilot faction is demanding a change of CM, Singh said, “I believe there is nothing related to chief minister, but they might have put up issues related to workers and MLAS.”

Commenting on the developmen­ts, deputy leader of opposition Rajendra Rathore tweeted, “Hard work pays off, although it may take time. The Congress government exists only because of the hard work of Sachin Pilot; today, Bhanwar Jitendra Singh has said this.”

In another tweet he said, “Dozens of Congress MLAS have raised their voices against the working style of the present government. I don’t know what will happen when…”

But Pilot lashed out at the BJP leaders for trying to highlight difference­s in the Congress.

“Instead of making useless statements, the BJP leaders should seriously consider their position. Division and infight are so dominant in the BJP that they are unable to play the role of opposition. The public will give them a befitting reply as because of their failed policies the country is facing a crisis,” Pilot tweeted late on Tuesday night.

His reply came in response to Rathore’s tweet, which stated that Pilot played an important role in bringing the Congress to power in Rajasthan and that the issues raised by him are still unresolved.

“The pain inside has come out in the open. Only time will tell when this spark will explode,” Rathore tweeted.

Commenting on the developmen­ts in the Congress, political analyst Manish Godha said it seems that Pilot was silent because of a surge in Covid cases in the second wave. “Now that the situation has normalised, he raised his concerns,” Godha said.

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