Sacked as deputy chief minister and party's stat unit chief, Congress rebel Sachin Pilot on Wednesday reiterated that he will not join the BJP, as claimed by his boss and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Pilot, who has not been speaking to media ever since he moved to Delhi with his loyalists, broke his silence hours after Rajasthan Assembly Speaker reportedly served him and his loyalists disqualification notices.

"I will not join BJP," news agency ANI quoted the former Rajasthan deputy CM as saying. "I will have to decide on the future course of action," he told NDTV.

Earlier Tuesday, his warring boss Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot had accused Pilot of playing into the hands of the BJP in its bid to repeat what the saffron party had done in Madhya Pradesh. Speaking to reporters after meeting state Governor Kalraj Mishra, Gehlot said that BJP's intentions will not fructify in Rajasthan.

The chief minister claimed that Pilot and and his loyalists were given ample opportunities to resolve their issues but chose to skip both the Congress Legislature Party meetings on Monday and Tuesday.

Reacting to Gehlot's allegations, Pilot said that he has no plans to join the BJP and it was an attempt to malign his image by linking his to the saffron outfit. "I am still a member of the Congress party," he added.

The Congress party had Tuesday sacked Sachin Pilot as Rajasthan deputy chief minister and the party's state unit chief. Two of Pilot's loyalists -- state Cabinet ministers Ramesh Meena and Vishwendra Pratap Singh -- were also removed from their posts. Govind Singh Dotasra replaced Pilot as the new Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief.


Posted By: Shashikant Sharma