Gehlot, Pilot Show Unity; State Congress Chief Calls it ‘United Colours of Rajasthan’

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Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal warned the leaders against making statements against each other.

JAIPUR — Days after trading barbs, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot along with former deputy chief minister and his junior party colleague Sachin Pilot attended a meeting here that was convened to discuss preparations for the Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra that is expected to enter Rajasthan in the first week of December.

Both Gehlot and Pilot greeted each other in the meeting. Later, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief Govind Singh Dotasra shared photographs on Twitter with a caption ‘The United Colours of Rajasthan’.

Those seen in the photographs are Dotasra, along with Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal, Pilot and Gehlot.

Recently, differences between the Gehlot and Pilot turned worse after the veteran Congress leader called his former deputy a traitor during an interview with a media outlet.

According to sources, Venugopal made the two leaders meet each other in a closed room, and then made both Gehlot and Pilot raise hands in front of the media, and say: “This is Rajasthan Congress. We are completely united”.

After the meeting, both interacted with the media together. While Gehlot said “everyone is united in Rajasthan”, Pilot said “we will strengthen the party together. No one can provoke us”.

Meanwhile, Venugopal said that Pilot and Gehlot submitted that “we will work unitedly not only till the Bharat Jodo Yatra but elections”.

“Our leader Rahul Gandhi has made it clear that both Gehlot and Pilot are assets for the party,” he said.

Earlier, when CM Gehlot arrived for the meeting, Pilot greeted him with folded hands, following which Gehlot also greeted him with his hands folded.

Meanwhile, according to reports, the Congress high command has ordered a ceasefire between the warring camps of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and former deputy CM Sachin Pilot in view of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, which enters Rajasthan in the first week of December.

Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal warned the leaders against making statements against each other.

In a meeting of the party leaders held in the Congress war room in Jaipur, the Congress General Secretary said, “if anyone violates the guidelines and makes statements against party leaders, they will be removed from the post in 24 hours.”

“Now is not the time to weaken the party by making statements against each other. If we fight among ourselves then how will we compete with BJP? Despite my guidelines, the kind of statements made by many ministers and leaders in the past have sent a wrong message to the people.”

Venugopal held the meeting to take stock of the preparations for the Bharat Jodo Yatra. — IANS

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Cover photo: AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal raises his arms along with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader Sachin Pilot and Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee President Govind Singh Dotasra after meeting on Congress Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jaipur on Tuesday. — IANS

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