'Yatra Will Be Successful': Sachin Pilot Distances Himself From Gurjar Leader's Threat, Blames BJP

Seeking Pilot's elevation to the post of Rajasthan Chief Minister, Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti leader Vijay Singh Bainsla had threatened to oppose the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

'Yatra Will Be Successful': Sachin Pilot Distances Himself From Gurjar Leader's Threat, Blames BJP

After a Gurjar outfit in Rajasthan threatened to opposed Congress' 'Bharat Jodo Yatra', former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot on Wednesday distanced himself from the statement. Seeking Pilot's elevation to the post of Rajasthan Chief Minister, Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti leader Vijay Singh Bainsla made the threat against the Rahul Gandhi-led yatra earlier today.

However, Pilot disassociated himself from the statement and went on to blame BJP for trying to create "disturbances" in the yatra. "No matter how hard the BJP tries, the yatra will be successful," Pilot said.

"The BJP may try to create disturbances...but it is 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' and it will be successful. We will all welcome the yatra with unity," he said. Pilot spoke to the media outside the party's war room where a meeting has been convened to review preparations for the foot march.

Meanwhile, Bainsla also accused the Congress government of not fulfilling the promises made to the community. Reacting to his allegations, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said his government will try to address Bainsla's grievances.

"This is democracy and everyone has the right to speak. We are ruling on the basis of the Constitution and the right to speak cannot be taken away. If there is any demand or suggestion, we will hear it out and try to address the grievances," he said.

On Bainsla's remarks that the community had voted for the Congress believing that a Gurjar leader will be made the chief minister, Pilot said the Congress was reduced to 21 seats in the 2013 assembly elections, but the people gave it a mandate in the 2018 elections.

The former deputy chief minister said he was confident that the yatra will be "historic" and that the people are excited.

"People from all communities want the yatra to come to the state. From here, it will be a new beginning for the Congress…for elections and for the people of the state," he said.

The Congress leader, who attended the meeting at the war room briefly, said the yatra is expected to enter Rajasthan between December 3 to 6, but the exact date will be fixed later.

"The yatra will be taken out for 15-18 days and will culminate with a rally in Alwar. It will be a big rally in view of the assembly elections next year and will give a positive message," he added.

The Gurjar community constitutes five to six per cent of the state's population and is influential in over 40 seats, mainly in eastern Rajasthan. This region includes the districts from where the yatra is scheduled to pass.

Infighting between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Pilot over the post of chief ministers has been going on for long, an issue which has triggered two political crises in four years of the Congress government.

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