The wind blowing from Punjab stirs Pilot camp into hope again

THE appointment of Navjot Singh Sidhu as Punjab Congress president has given new hope to Congress leaders in neighbouring Rajasthan loyal to former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot.

Supporters of Pilot in Rajasthan say that the decision taken in Punjab shows that the Congress high command can act decisively. Sidhu was appointed PCC chief despite stiff opposition put up by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

The Pilot faction has been hoping for over a year now that the high command will intervene to address their grievances regarding party affairs in the state.

“The self-respect of the party worker should be protected and they should get opportunities in political appointments. The decision taken in Punjab (elevation of Sidhu as state party president) shows that the high command is strong,” Masuda MLA Rakesh Pareek told The Indian Express.

He added, “We are hopeful. In the Congress, there is only the high command which can take all the decisions and everyone has to abide by them. We had communicated all our issues to the high command last year. We are all soldiers of the Congress party. Sachin Pilot ji stood with us common party workers, took us forward, taking all communities together.”

Pareek was among the 18 loyalist MLAs of Pilot who had sided with him during the political crisis last year, and camped in Haryana and Delhi, before they made their way back. While Pilot was stripped of posts of both state Congress chief and deputy CM following…

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