Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday (June 4) said that his remark on Sachin Pilot was taken out of context.
Earlier Gehlot was heard blaming his deputy and Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot for the defeat of his son, Vaibhav Gehlot, from Jodhpur constituency in the Lok Sabha elections.
Later CM took to twitter to issue the clarification and said that his statement had been taken out of context. Attaching a clip from the interview, Gehlot tweeted, “This was a reply to some questions during the interview… some sections of the media are making an unnecessary issue out of the context.”
The Rajasthan chief minister, in an interview to ABP News, had reportedly said, “Pilot had said that Vaibhav would win by a huge margin because we have six MLAs (in Jodhpur) and that good campaigning was done in the area. Given the reasons, I think that he should take responsibility for Vaibhav’s defeat. There will be a post-mortem of the party’s defeat in Jodhpur seat to find out why we could not win.”
Jodhpur has been Ashok Gehlot‘s stronghold for several years and he was elected five times from the Lok Sabha seat. He had reportedly taken part in over 130 rallies and road shows, 93 of them in Jodhpur alone. His son, however, lost to the BJP, which took 24 of the 25 seats in the state, with one seat going to its ally. In his maiden election, Vaibhav Gehlot lost to Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat by a margin of 2,74,440 votes.
After the poll debacle, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had also reportedly criticised Gehlot for putting his son above the party.
Later on Tuesday, Gehlot attended an iftar party hosted by Pilot at the headquarters of the Congress’s state unit in Jaipur.
Before the iftar began, Pilot spent some time with Gehlot and Ministers Raghu Sharma, Govind Singh Dotasara, Pratap Singh besides other leaders in his chamber at the party office.
Both Gehlot and Pilot sat together with other leaders at the iftar attended by a large number of people from the Muslim community, MLAs and the party’s office-bearers and members.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala rejected the ‘misleading news of any differences between Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot’.
“The chief minister, in an interview, categorically said that the responsibility of the loss in Rajasthan is both of the organisation and of the government,”he said.
श्री अशोक गहलोत ने हार की सामूहिक ज़िम्मेवारी की स्पष्ट बात अपने साक्षात्कार में कही, यानी सरकार व संगठन दोनों की।— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) June 4, 2019
लगता है मीडिया का एक हिस्सा इतना अंधभक्त बन चुका है कि उसे सोते जागते भाजपा के स्तुतिगान व कांग्रेस की आलोचना के सिवाय कुछ नहीं सूझता।
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The BJP won all 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan, less than six months after the Congress wrested power from Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government.