Congress leadership in touch with Sachin Pilot, says Ajay Maken
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New Delhi: Congress leader Ajay Maken on Friday said the party’s leadership was in touch with Sachin Pilot while dismissing reports that senior leaders have avoided meeting the former Rajasthan deputy chief minister as baseless talk. He called Pilot, who was removed as the deputy chief minister and the state party chief after he rebelled against chief minister Ashok Gehlot last year, an asset and a star campaigner. Maken said Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who Pilot is in touch with, has been out of Delhi for the last 10 days. He added Pilot is also in constant talks with him and another top leader KC Venugopal. “It is not possible that he (Pilot) has sought time for meetings and did not get it.”
The comments of Maken, who is Rajasthan’s Congress in charge, came amid calls from the Pilot camp for fulfilling promises made to the former deputy chief minister after he returned to the party’s fold following his rebellion. Priyanka Gandhi played an important role in resolving the political crisis when Pilot rebelled. There have been demands for cabinet expansion and political appointments for Pilot’s loyalists.