Ashok Gehlot calls Sachin Pilot worthless, says he back stabbed Congress
Days after Sachin Pilot and his rebel camp declared an open rebellion against Ashok Gehlot, the Rajasthan chief minister described his former deputy as a "worthless" person and alleged that he backstabbed Congress by conspiring with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to dislodge his party's government in the state.
Speaking with the media in Jaipur, Ashok Gehlot said Sachin Pilot was never disrespected as the state party unit chief even though he was "worthless". "There was no demand to replace state Congress chief in 7 years even when we knew Sachin Pilot is worthless," Ashok Gehlot said.
In his statement, Ashok Gehlot, however, did not name Sachin Pilot.
"Rajasthan is the only state where no demand was raised to change the PCC president in seven years. We knew that nothing is happening here. We knew he is “nikamma” (worthless) and “nakara” (idle), still we did not question this in the interest of the party," Gehlot said, adding, "We thought Sachin Pilot will be Congress's asset."
"He [Sachin Pilot] was conspiring from the past six months with BJP's support. Nobody believed me when I used to say that conspiracy is going on to topple govt. Nobody knew that a person with such an innocent face will do such a thing. I'm not here to sell vegetables, I am a chief minister," he said.
On Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi representing Sachin Pilot before Rajasthan High Court against disqualification notices by the Speaker, Ashok Gehlot claimed the two lawyers charge lakhs for a single appearance.
"How did Sachin Pilot get this huge amount?" Ashok Gehlot asked. He alleged that Sachin Pilot wanted to form a third front.
Training his guns at Sachin Pilot and the BJP, Ashok Gehlot said, "He [Pilot] got everything at a young age. But for the first time, a deputy CM worked to topple his own government. This is a conspiracy to help BJP. BJP did the same in Madhya Pradesh."
Ashok Gehlot further claimed that some of the MLAs in Sachin Pilot camp want to join his camp.
"Our MLAs are staying without any restrictions but they have held their's [MLAs] captive. They are calling us and crying over the phone while explaining their ordeal. Their personal mobile phones have been snatched. Some of them want to join us," Ashok Gehlot said.
On being asked about a probable floor-test, Ashok Gehlot said everyone knows what will happen. "High Court will announce its judgment. Satyamev Jayate," he said.