Advertisement
Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021
Outlook.com

Desert Storm

Desert Storm
Raj dharma |
Desert Storm
outlookindia.com
2020-07-25T11:37:53+05:30

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot is known to be a cool-headed politician—one not prone to betray his sentiments in public. Wily, back-channel political machinations had always been his forte. These facets of Gehlot have held him in good stead for the past 45 years of his political journey, allowing him to artfully sideline equally worthy competitors. Yet, over the past fortnight, as his government teeters on the brink of collapse in the face of Sachin Pilot’s rebellion, Gehlot has had two intemperate outbursts.

Earlier this week, Gehlot thrashed Pilot as a leader who went from being a Lok Sabha MP at the age of 26 years to becoming the deputy CM by the time he was 40 years old. “Mere good looks and command over English and Hindi don’t make you a leader; you need commitment and ideology too,” the CM, often mimicked by detractors for his near-­absent English skills, said of Pilot. Days later, he described Pilot as a “nakara aur nikamma” state Congress president.

Gehlot’s verbal assault against Pilot, who continues to claim the support of 18 Congress MLAs in his bid to dethrone the third-term CM, came amid frenetic attempts by a section in his party to ­contain the rebellion, and broker a truce between the warhorse and his bête noire. Sources said the party high command asked Gehlot to hold his punches.

A section in the Congress, surprisingly comprising some key members of the party’s infamous old guard, are still keen on pacifying Pilot. A division bench of the Rajasthan High Court, which heard petitions by Pilot and his loyalists ­challenging Speaker C.P. Joshi’s disqualification notices to them, reserved its order in the matter till July 24.

While this breather to Pilot gives him additional time to sort out his future course of action, leaders in...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Live: Aryan Khan Not Just Drug Consumer But Involved In Trafficking Too, NCB Tells HC

Live: Aryan Khan Not Just Drug Consumer But Involved In Trafficking Too, NCB Tells HC

The Mumbai High Court is hearing Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan’s bail petition following his arrest by the Narcotics Control Bureau on Oct 3.

Explainer | Why A Lawyer Is Seeking FIR Against NCB's Wankhede For 'Extortion' In Aryan Khan Drugs Case

Explainer | Why A Lawyer Is Seeking FIR Against NCB's Wankhede For 'Extortion' In Aryan Khan Drugs Case

On Monday, a lawyer approached the Mumbai police with a complaint seeking registration of an FIR against Sameer Wankhede and five others for extortion in the drugs-on-cruise case.

IPL Controversy: CVC Capital Under BCCI Scanner

IPL Controversy: CVC Capital Under BCCI Scanner

The BCCI on Monday named RPSG Ventures Limited and Irelia Company Pte Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) as owners of the new IPL teams from 2022.

'TMC & AAP On A Mission To Split Congress Votes And Help BJP In Goa': State Congress Chief

'TMC & AAP On A Mission To Split Congress Votes And Help BJP In Goa': State Congress Chief

Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar strongly asserted that the voters cannot be wooed with false promises and money as people are deeply rooted in the Congress.

Advertisement