If Sachin Pilot is forced toward what has been feared the most, the cost will be high, at a time when Congress is scrambling for the formula that can break its hopeless cycle of poll defeats. But that’s not the whole point.
If you follow Indian political news, chances are you will often come across some Rajasthan politician warning the Congress high command that enough is enough and time is running out to make Sachin Pilot the chief minister.
This and the accompanying remarks that any more delay in replacing the incumbent, Ashok Gehlot, will be disastrous for the party as only Pilot as CM can ensure a victory in the next polls may sound similar to the perennial chorus for youngsters like Sanju Samson to be inducted into the Indian cricket team.
Those from Pilot’s camp driving the Sachin-for-CM campaign include Gehlot’s ministers Hemaram Choudhary and Rajendra Gudha, and others such as Divya Maderna, Sumitra Arya, Vijay Bainsla and Kundan Yadav.
There are many more who aren’t as vocal at this stage but want Pilot to take charge in a state, only one of the two where the party is in power on its own, the other being Chhattisgarh. Though there is no denying that the majority of the MLAs are with Gehlot, that’s beside the point.
GAME OF THRONES SEASON 1
For the uninitiated, this is Rajasthan’s Game of Thrones season 3. And Pilot isn’t the only rebel. Let’s go back to 2018 when the Congress won Rajasthan and young Pilot was seen as an architect of the victory, no mean feat given how the BJP’s election machine works.
But the Gandhis favoured old guard loyalist Gehlot for the CM’s chair, which sowed the seeds of friction between him and Pilot. Simmering tensions of 18 months escalated into a near-revolt by Pilot in 2020 when he breathed down Gehlot’s neck from a luxury resort near Delhi also hosting 19 MLAs.