The Deputy Chief Minister of the state of Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot went on his two-day tour in Rajasthan where his Congress party failed to win a single seat in the national election last. Mr. Pilot shaves by a haystack, spends a night in a hut, chews on a Neem branch, and sleeps on a charpoy in his outreach in one of the most rural regions of Rajasthan.
In Jalore, Sirohi, and Pali which are among the most backward regions, he launched a mass contact program, taking his party back to the drawing board. The conflict between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot has increased during the national election.
However, a section of the Congress has already claimed for a leadership change. They blamed the 68-year-old Ashok Gehlot for a defeat that consumed his own son Vaibhav Gehlot, who lost from Jodhpur.
In December, Congress snatched power from the BJP while within five months the BJP won all 25 Lok Sabha seats of the 200 assembly segments in the state. In the Lok Sabha election, the BJP grabbed more than 50 percent vote share.
Ashok Gehlot was accused of focusing too much on his son’s campaign. He allegedly neglected every other constituency instead of delivering on his promise to win the election.
In Delhi, the chief minister is trying to meet Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Sanchin Pilot, who is in campaign mode, has shared his rustic photos from his tour.
The 41-year-old told the reporters, “I have said as Congress president Rajasthan, we need to go back to the people, we have to have a mass contact program. We have been given an opportunity to serve the people of Rajasthan, maybe we did not win the Lok Sabha elections; there are different reasons for that but the state government will work and serve the people, we are committed to that and that’s the reason I am here today among the people.”