Guwahati: Former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, whose rebellion has left the Congress-led Rajasthan Government on the brink, today said that he has no desire to join the opposition BJP camp.
Pilot has told mediapersons that he has worked hard to defeat the BJP in Rajasthan and restore the Congress back to power. He further alleged that some Rajasthan leaders are spreading rumours about his designs to join the BJP party and claimed that such speculation is being fuelled to tarnish his image.
This comes a day after Pilot was sacked as the Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and the state Congress president after he did not show up at the Congress Legislature Party meetings on Monday and Tuesday.
Pilot's supporters Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena were also removed from the Rajasthan cabinet and the state presidents of the Youth Congress and Seva Dal were replaced in a day of major upheavals. Soon after he was sacked, Pilot tweeted: "Satya ko pareshan kiya ja sakta hai, parajit nahi (Truth can be harassed, not defeated)."
Meanwhile, Congress is trying to suppress a suspected coup by Pilot, who enjoys the support of as many as 18 MLAs in the Rajasthan Assembly. All the 19 rebel MLAs were issued notices by Rajasthan Speaker C P Joshi after Congress sought their disqualification from the state assembly. The MLAs have been asked to respond by Friday. Pilot is currently staying at a hotel in the National Capital Region.
"May God give Sachin Pilot wisdom and he doesn't try to topple the government. He should admit his mistake. Doors were always open for him for talks, even today. But, now he seems to have moved ahead of all this, so these things don't matter now" Rajasthan Congress in-charge Avinash Pande has said.
Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha, who was suspended for 'anti-party activities' after supporting Pilot, said that the 'battle has just begun'.