New Delhi: Rebel Rajasthan Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Monday finally broke his silence over the month-long political crisis in the state, stating that he wanted to highlight certain issues, further saying that whatever issues he raised were based on principle and that it was important to raise them in the party’s interest. Also Read - Will Rajasthan Crisis End Soon? Sachin Pilot Meets Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Holds Positive Talks
The former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister made these remarks after holding a meeting with senior party leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, KC Venugopal and Ahmed Patel late Monday night. Also Read - Rajasthan Crisis: Speaker Moves Supreme Court Over High Court Breather to Sachin Pilot
“Since past some time, some MLAs were in Delhi, there were some issues which we wanted to highlight. I did that. I’d been saying since beginning that all these things were based on principle. I always thought these things are essential to be raised in party’s interest”. Also Read - Rajasthan Crisis: Sachin Pilot Denies Bribe Charges of Cong MLA, Gehlot Calls Him ‘Worthless’ | Key Points
Pilot, who last month was also sacked as the Rajasthan Congress chief, further said that several things were said about him, and he also heard a lot of things, adding that he was ‘surprised’ by some of the things that were said.
“I think we should always maintain restraint and humility”, the 42-year-old leader said.
On Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, against whom he staged this ‘rebellion’, he said, “There is no place for personal malice in politics. We had formed government in Rajasthan after five years of hard work”.
“Party gives us post and can also take it back. I’ve no desire for any post but I wanted our self-respect to remain intact. I’ve contributed to the party for 18-20 years now. We’ve always attempted to ensure the participation of people who worked hard to form the government”, Pilot said.
He also thanked interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi for forming a three-member committee to look into the issues raised by him and the MLAs supporting him. Calling it a welcome step, he said that as per him, now all the issues will be resolved.
Notably, earlier today, taking his first steps today towards returning to the Congress fold, Sachin Pilot met Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for the first time since launching his ‘rebellion’. During this discussion, he expressed in grievances in detail, KC Venugopal, General Secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC) later said, also calling it a ‘frank’, ‘open’ and ‘conclusive’ discussion.
It was after the said discussion that the three-member committee, featuring Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Ahmed Patel and Venugopal himself, was formed.
Also, earlier today, interim party president Sonia Gandhi spoke with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Today’s hectic developments come just four days before the Rajasthan Assembly session begins on August 14.