More Pilot loyalists come out in open, spell trouble for Cong in Rajasthan
Also during the day, Congress MLA Hemaram Choudhary, who sent his resignation to the Assembly Speaker recently, met Pilot at his Jaipur home. Like Meena, he is considered a part of the Pilot faction in the state Congress.
Pilot, who was sacked as the deputy chief minister and the state’s Congress chief after his rebellion, dismissed suggestions that he is headed for the Bharatiya Janata Party.
“Rita Bahuguna Joshi said she spoke to Sachin. She might have spoken to Sachin Tendulkar (the cricketer). She doesn’t have the courage to speak to me,” the Congress leader told reporters in Jaipur during his party’s protest over fuel prices.
“The party high command should take a decision at the earliest because everyone is waiting,” he said.
Meena had recently issued a statement praising Gehlot for fulfilling the demands from his constituency and on the his government’s management of the Covid crisis.
“I resigned after listening to my heart. People may appeal to me to withdraw the decision but it is for me to decide,” he told reporters.
Choudhary said he sent the resignation letter as he was anguished over some issues.
Other senior party leaders were present at the state-level protest held outside a petrol pump near Civil Lines on Ajmer road.
They questioned the “delay” in cabinet expansion and political appointments by Gehlot.
The Pilot faction MLAs said they will fight within the Congress.
''All of us are raising our voice for the strength of the party. Those who question our allegiance to the Congress are not well-wishers of the party,'' Chaksu MLA Solanki had said after meeting Pilot.
''There has been no discussion or hearings on the demands raised by us,'' the MLA said.
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