Former Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot met Rahul Gandhi over the weekend, sources said and discussed the issue of Rajasthan and also impending cabinet reshuffle and organisational rejig in the state.
However, neither Pilot nor State In-charge Ajay Maken spoke anything about the meeting but the two did meet and held discussions on Rajasthan politics, sources say adding that Rahul Gandhi has assured Sachin Pilot about an amicable settlement after talking to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot who is likely to travel to Delhi after he gets well.
While Pilot and Maken did not respond to messages and calls about the meeting, the office of Rahul Gandhi also did not.
Congress General Secretary In charge of Rajasthan Ajay Maken last week at a press conference in Delhi had said that roadmap is ready for cabinet expansion and organisational rejig in the state.
“If Ashok Gehlot had not fallen ill we would have done cabinet expansion and the roadmap is ready for appointment at board corporations and district presidents,” Maken had said on Thursday.
The Congress leader said that Gehlot is still unwell and doing his work from home and as he gets well this will be done.
When asked about Sachin Pilot, he said, “At the state level, we are discussing all issues but if something is given at the AICC level it’s beyond my purview.”
Sources say around five from the Pilot camp will be accommodated in the Gehlot cabinet, and also the appointments to the posts of chairman of boards and corporations have also been finalised.
While sources say that Gehlot is keen on cabinet expansion, the high command wants a cabinet reshuffle.
Friction between the two Congress groups in Rajasthan, led by Gehlot and former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, continues as the Pilot camp insists that the issues raised by him last year have not yet been resolved in the party.