On Thursday, Sachin Pilot began his ‘Jan Sangharsh Yatra’ from Ajmer in Rajasthan, expressing his dissent with the Congress party’s state government and its central leadership. The Tonk MLA, who was formerly the deputy chief minister, had previously held a day-long fast targeting the state government for alleged corruption when the BJP-led government of Vasundhara Raje was in power. His actions are seen as a way to build pressure on Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and the Congress party ahead of the state assembly elections.
Sachin Pilot spoke to a large crowd on the Jaipur Highway in Ajmer before starting a five-day, 125-kilometre journey. He raised the issue of leaked test papers for government jobs. He said that the young people are the future of the state and the nation and that his march was not to target anyone but to fight against corruption and protect young people’s interests.
According to a news agency, he wanted to know why a bulldozer was not used to demolish the property of a Rajasthan Public Service Commission member who had been arrested recently in connection with the paper leak. This was done to another accused in the same case.
The news agency posted a video showing that Pilot has not been able to achieve what he hoped for and still wants to make sure there is effective action taken. He also mentioned that he wants to stay connected with people’s thoughts and aspirations.
“No matter what anyone says, we have decided to hold this yatra because people believe in us. We are starting this yatra so that we are able to fulfil the expectations of the youth. We will walk on foot. Someone who is with the people listens to them, and becomes their voice is the one who is chosen by them,” he stressed.
Pilot started a movement in 2020 to replace the leader of the state. Gehlot stayed in power, and Pilot and some of his supporters were removed from the state government.
The Rajasthan Chief Minister said that in 2020, some Congress MLAs tried to overthrow his government, but he was saved because Vasundhara Raje and Kailash Meghwal from the BJP refused to back their plan to use the money to overthrow him.
Pilot said that Gehlot’s leader seemed to be Vasundhara Raje Scindia, not Sonia Gandhi. He denied that the dissidents he led had taken money from the BJP.
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