War within Congress | Gehlot blames Pilot for his son’s defeat in LS elections

Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot

The Hush Post|9:42 am |one-minute-read|

After a drubbing at the hands of BJP, The Congress fight is out in the open. The Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot has blamed Sachin Pilot for his son Vaibhav Gehlot’s defeat.

Recently, Ashok Gehlot said during a television interview that as the state Congress chief, Sachin Pilot should take responsibility for Vaibhav Gehlot losing the Jodhpur Lok Sabha seat.

Jodhpur has been Gehlot’s stronghold for many years now. He had been elected five times from the Jodhpur Lok Sabha seat.

Gehlot has said that Sachin Pilot was confident that Jodhpur will be won with a big margin and said that the election campaign was good. The report quotes Gehlot as saying, “So I feel he should take responsibility for that seat at least.”

He added, “If someone says that the CM or the PCC chief should take responsibility for it, I believe it’s a collective responsibility.”

Congress lost all 25 seats in the Lok Sabha elections within six months of forming the government in Rajasthan. Now a blame game has started among the supporters of Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.

This comes weeks after Congress president Rahul Gandhi scolded Ashok Gehlot for neglecting the campaign in the entire state just to focus on his son’s campaign in Jodhpur.

In the aftermath of the poll debacle, other Congress leaders such as Udai Lal Anjana also raised questions on Vaibhav’s candidature.

“Some mistakes have happened in the assessment of seat for Vaibhav Gehlot and we all are reaping the bitter fruit for that. I had suggested Gehlot that Jalore is a more suitable seat for him because I understand the equations in Jalore,” he said.

Vaibhav Gehlot lost the Jodhpur stronghold seat to Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. The BJP candidate won by a massive margin of over 4 lakh votes.

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