Congress Loyals vs ‘Outsiders’: After Pilot-Gehlot Rift, a New Storm in Rajasthan Before Elections

Pilot and Gehlot have been at loggerheads over the post of chief minister ever since the party formed the government in the state in 2018. (File Photo)

Rajasthan Election 2023: Five legislators who had merged with the Congress from BSP in 2019 raised the demand in front of state Congress co-incharge Qazi Nizamuddin, except Rajendra Singh Gudha

A new crisis seems to have cropped up for the Congress in the run up to the Rajasthan elections. A local report stated that most of the independent MLAs supporting the Congress government and the MLAs who joined the party from BSP have demanded a “ticket guarantee”.

According to a report in Amar Ujalafive legislators who had merged with the Congress from BSP in 2019 raised the demand in front of state Congress co-incharge Qazi Nizamuddin, except Rajendra Singh Gudha.

Gudha had last year told a national daily about the growing resentment and discontent among BSP MLAs whom he led into the Congress fold. “Last time when we tied up with the government, three out of six MLAs became ministers and three became parliamentary secretaries. We could not get similar perks this time. The kind of attitude some ministers have towards us, it will definitely create mistrust among our MLAs,” the former BSP leader told Dainik Bhaskar last year.

This time, however, Gudha has been mum so far. If the Amar Ujala report is to be believed, the leader has joined the Sachin Pilot camp and hence has not raised any issues.

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The report stated that if the 18 supporters of the Pilot camp crack a deal with the Congress high command, and are able to have an upper hand, Gudha too will reap benefits.

Gudha himself is a strong candidate and without support from any party, can easily win Udaipurwati in Jhunjhunun district.