Wednesday, July 15 2020

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Sachin Pilot gets his walking papers

The TLDR: The young-ish Congress leader was fired from every job he had in Rajasthan: Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan, cabinet minister, and state party chief. Pilot hasn’t been evicted from the party as yet, and it isn’t clear if he will join the BJP. And the Congress may yet hold on to the gaddi. Here’s a quick breakdown of an eventful day.

Ok, what happened now…

  • As part of his revolt, Pilot refused to attend a legislative meeting on Monday called by Gehlot. This is a gross violation of party rules. 
  • But everyone from Rahul Gandhi to Priyanka tried to coax him back into the fold. 
  • Carrots offered: more powerful cabinet portfolios and dropping that BJP-related case.
  • Gehlot then called a second meeting, and offered Pilot a second chance to get it right. 
  • Pilot didn’t show up for that one either, and stayed put at a hotel with his loyal MLAs.
  • The result: the party sacked him from every position he held in Rajasthan.

So what happens now?


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