Pilot pledges to fortify Congress after CWC induction


After being drafted into the party’s central leadership, Rajasthan Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Sunday pledged to strengthen the customs and ideology of the party.
In a tweet on X (formerly Twitter), Pilot thanked the senior party leaders for the decision and said, “I express my gratitude to respected Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, CPP Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former President Rahul Gandhi for making me a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC). We all will strengthen the customs and ideology of the Congress and take it more strongly to the people.”
Pilot, one of the contenders for the top job in Rajasthan, has been kept on the wait mode since 2018, despite grassroot-level work that led to a victory for the party. Two years later, it led to a rebellion by the senior leader against the Ashok Gehlot government, after which he was removed as Deputy Chief Minister and the Rajasthan Congress chief.
In an election year, he is yet to receive any public reassurance that the job will be his this time, in case the party comes to power again, breaking theSources said his inclusion in the Working Committee could be followed by charge of a major state ahead of next year’s general elections.
There is speculation that the move can help consolidate the fragile peace between Gehlot and Pilot in Rajasthan, where tiffs between the two have frequently made it to headlines.
Following a peace formula between its warring generals in Karnataka — Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar that paid off in the state polls — the Congress had done an action replay in Rajasthan.
Last month, Sachin Pilot made it clear that he has buried the hatchet with the Chief Minister following the advice of Kharge, saying collective leadership was the “only way” forward.
On his part, Gehlot reciprocated by backing Pilot in the row over BJP claims that his father Rajesh Pilot dropped bombs on the country’s own citizens in Mizoram.