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Pilot raising voice against Rajasthan's previous BJP govt not against current regime: Congress' TS Singh Deo

Raipur: Chhattisgarh Congress leader TS Singh Deo has come out in support of Sachin Pilot who on Tuesday began a day-long fast stating that former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot's action was not against the Ashok Gehlot government but against the BJP government led by previous chief minister Vasundhara Raje.
Deo had a day ago told ANI, "I think Sachin Pilot is aware that during elections, he would be answerable for corruption in Vasundhara Raje's government and that the charges would be investigated. In such a situation, Pilot is revolting against the Ashok Gehlot government and is raising his voice so that an inquiry is launched against Raje." Assembly polls in Rajasthan are due to be held late this year.
Pilot, a former Union minister, paid floral tributes to social reformer Mahatma Jyotiba Phule before embarking on his fast today.
The Congress had a day ago stated that Pilot's fast is against the party interests and is anti-party activity. "If there is any issue with his own government, it can be discussed in the party forums instead of in the media and public," AICC incharge of Rajasthan Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said yesterday.
BJP leader Rajendra Rathore today said the protest by the Congress against his own government would prove to be the last nail in the coffin of the incumbent Congress government in Rajasthan.
Speaking to ANI, Rathore said, "Sachin Pilot has thrown an open challenge to his party high command. His day-long fast will be the last nail in the coffin of the Congress government. Congress has lost its hold across the country."
"The Congress has been rendered weak across the country and its high command survived a significant leadership challenge in Rajasthan and is facing another. The first challenge was when Congress MLAs loyal to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot held a separate meeting (amid the high command's bid to install Pilot as CM last year). And the latest challenge before the high command is the ongoing fast by Sachin Pilot," he added.
He added, "The boycott of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting on September 25 by the Gehlot faction had jolted the high command. And now, Congress's high command has become weak in the whole country and has faced two significant challenges in Rajasthan. The first challenge was given by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's faction boycotting a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting on September 25. The second challenge is through AAP Sachin Pilot's fast."
He said, "Rathore said that the people of Rajasthan will bear the brunt of the infighting within the Congress for the next four years as the Chief Minister should be busy in maintaining his government and chair."
Responding to the allegations of scams by Pilot during the tenure of the former chief minister Vasundhara Raje's state government, Leader of Opposition Rathore said, " I was also a part of that government, but why did Sachin Pilot not raise this matter in the budget session of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly till now. Why didn't he raise the matter in the cabinet meeting when he was also the Deputy Chief Minister in the government and why is he raising this matter now after a few months in the elections?" (ANI)

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