The Congress of India Tuesday virtually closed the gate for rebel party leader Sachin Pilot, removing him as Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and state party chief, two days after he mounted a rebellion against the Congress.
The Congress has appointed Govind Singh Dotsara, an OBC leader and state education minister, as the new president of the Rajasthan Congress.Others in the Pilot camp have been dethroned too, including state ministers Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena. Rajasthan Youth Congress president Mukesh Bhakar, who had tweeted Monday that loyalty in the Congress meant being a slave to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, has been removed too.
“You all have been watching the political situation that unfolded in the last 72 hours. BJP through a conspiracy has tried to dethrone a democratically elected party. It is unfortunate that Sachin Pilot and other MLAs supporting him have been mislead by the BJP and became part of toppling the state (Ashok Gehlot-led) government, which is unacceptable,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.
Soon after the decision was announced, Pilot said on Twitter that truth can be “harassed but not defeated”.
He also updated his Twitter bio. Where it identified him as “deputy chief minister of Rajasthan” and “president, Rajasthan Congress” until Tuesday afternoon, it currently reads “Tonk MLA”. The subsequent section, identifying him as a commissioned officer of the Territorial Army and listing his stint as Union minister in the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government, stays as is.