As Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday reached Jaipur ahead of his full-day election campaign in the poll-bound state, chief minister Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot were seen together receiving Rahul Gandhi. “We are not seen together but we are united and will remain united. The Congress will sweep in Rajasthan,” Rahul Gandhi said amid speculations over a thaw between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot ahead of the election. In the video shared by news agency ANI, Gehlot and Pilot were seen on either side of Rahul Gandhi and all of them had a ‘pehle aap’ moment as the leaders gestured Rahul Gandhi to walk first.
Rahul Gandhi’s statement of unity comes a day after Ashok Gehlot’s X post on Wednesday in which he shared a photo of a party meeting also attended by Sachin Pilot. “Together, winning, again,” Gehlot captioned the post indicating that both Gehlot and Pilot have decided to bury the hatchet.
Gehlot versus Pilot goes back to 2020 when Sachin Pilot, then deputy chief minister, revolted against Gehlot with the support of 18 MLAs. Sachin Pilot was removed from the deputy post while his equation with Gehlot remained strained. Gehlot called him ‘traitor’, ‘nikamma’, while Sachin Pilot earlier this year went on an anti-corruption yatra against the Ashok Gehlot government.