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Gehlot: Poll nears, Sachin Pilot again attacks Gehlot govt | India News – Times of India

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JAIPUR: Congress’s festering wound in Rajasthan flared up again Sunday when ex-deputy CM Sachin Pilot renewed his attack on CM Ashok Gehlot with months to go for polls, this time for allegedly going silent on the “corruptions and scandals” of the erstwhile Vasundhara-Raje led BJP government.
Playing old videos of Gehlot accusing the then BJP ministry of graft, Pilot announced a day-long fast on April 11 to pressure the Congress-led government into action on the issue “before facing the public” in the assembly polls due later this year. Congress unseated the Raje government in 2018.

“When the facts and evidence (about the alleged corruption) were coming to us while we were in opposition, I think they are present even after we came to government,” Pilot told a presser here.
Pilot was the state Congress chief when he and Gehlot raised the bogey of alleged corruption, including a “Rs 45,000-crore scam” in mines allocation by the then BJP government. He recalled that Congress had declared “zero tolerance” against corruption and promised a crackdown after coming to government, only to keep delaying it over the past few years. “No action was taken even after my suggestions,” he said.

Sachin Pilot announces hunger strike demanding action against corruption in Rajasthan


Sachin Pilot announces hunger strike demanding action against corruption in Rajasthan

Reeling off instances, Pilot claimed that the Gehlot government had failed to act against the excise, mining and land mafia in the state, and in the Lalit Modi affidavit case — related to alleged Raje investments in the ex-IPL chief’s ventures.
“In the absence of any action, our rivals may say that both parties are hand in glove. I do not believe in revenge politics. However, we had some credibility as the opposition and that’s why we came to power,” Pilot said.
The Tonk MLA said he wrote to Gehlot twice in the past few months to fulfil the commitment but claimed the CM did not pay any heed.
“I am not waking up suddenly. I wrote and said the elections are coming, and we must show the public that there is no difference between our promises and work. But I have not received any answer from the CM yet,” the former deputy CM said.
Pilot accused the BJP-led Centre of “misusing agencies including CBI, ED” to target Congress leaders, while fretting that the Congress government in the state was not moving against corruption at all. “In Rajasthan, we are neither using them nor misusing the investigating agencies. Our workers and public should not think that we don’t fulfil our promises,” Pilot said.
Watch Sachin Pilot announces hunger strike against Gehlot’s inaction on corruption cases during Raje govt

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