Ahead of Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra entering Rajasthan, factionalism has once again come to the fore in the state Congress. In an interview with NDTV, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot launched a scathing attack on his former deputy Sachin Pilot, saying "a gaddar (traitor) cannot be the Chief Minister".
"How can people accept a man who does not have even 10 MLAs... Someone who rebelled against the party and has been named a traitor," Gehlot said in a no-holds-barred attack. Gehlot, holding Pilot responsible, said, "We sat in hotels for 34 days as this government was being toppled. Amit Shah was also involved. Dharmendra Pradhan was also involved."
When told that Pilot was denying the allegations that he was hand-in-glove with the BJP, Gehlot said, "i have proof. He cannot deny it. Rs 10 cr to each was distributed." Asked why the Gehlot camp was not accepting Pilot, Gehlot said, "How will they accept the man who has committed betrayal, our MLAs and I myself suffered, staying in hotels for 34 days?"