Sachin Pilot, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and prominent leader within the Rajasthan Congress, is maintaining an “unwavering” stance on his three key demands and is awaiting the party’s response before deciding on his next move. While there were speculations about a potential announcement on June 11, the death anniversary of his father, Rajesh Pilot, party insiders indicate that no such plans are in place.
Traditionally, the death anniversary of Rajesh Pilot has been marked by a prayer meeting, and this year is expected to follow the same pattern. A close associate of Sachin Pilot mentioned that if a political rally was planned, preparations would have commenced much earlier.
Congress General Secretary Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa dismissed the possibility of Pilot forming his own political party, stating that 90% of his concerns have already been addressed. Randhawa emphasized that Pilot never had such intentions before and does not have them now.
Pilot recently met with Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and party leader Rahul Gandhi on May 29 in New Delhi. During the meeting, he reiterated his demands, including a corruption investigation into the Vasundhara Raje regime, dissolution of the Rajasthan Public Service Commission, and compensation for those affected by government job exam paper leaks.
While the Congress is willing to offer a prominent role to Pilot within the central leadership, he has expressed reluctance to accept any position that would take him away from Rajasthan before the upcoming assembly elections in December.
In response, the Pilot camp has not ruled out the possibility of forming a new party, but they emphasize that any decision will not be made hastily. Pilot intends to assess how the party responds to his demands in the coming days.
With elections in Rajasthan approaching, Pilot’s options may be limited. Some party members believe that, at 45 years old, he has already achieved significant positions within the party and may need to exercise patience.
As the days pass after the meeting with the Congress leadership, Pilot’s camp is keen to see visible actions being taken to address their concerns. However, considering the upcoming elections, the party is expected to approach the situation with caution, drawing lessons from the failed experiment in Punjab.