New Delhi: Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Wednesday attacked the Ashok Gehlot government of Rajasthan over the exam paper leak and demanded accountability. The former Rajasthan Congress president also targeted the Gehlot government over the political appointments of retired bureaucrats. Addressing a Kisan Sammelan in Jhunjhunu, he said that accountability has to be fixed when paper leak incidents are happening one after the other.
“It is now being said that no officer or leader was involved. The question papers of the exam are locked in a vault and leaked… Is it magic? How did it happen? It is not possible, some people are responsible for this. Huh.” The former deputy chief minister was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“I welcome the investigation and action against the accused, but accountability has to be fixed,” he said.
#watch , Rajasthan: It is unfortunate that the exam paper has been leaked again and again. I welcome the action taken against the culprits. It is being said that no leader or official was involved but despite reaching the students the paper is kept in the locker… This is ‘witchcraft’: Sachin Pilot (18.01) pic.twitter.com/XW9muGmySd
– ANI MP/CG/Rajasthan (@ANI_MP_CG_RJ) January 19, 2023
Speaking about the political appointments of retired bureaucrats, he remarked: “Party workers have worked hard to bring the Congress to power in the state and should be accorded respect and honour.” “In the last four years, many political appointments were made. Officers work for the party in power, be it BJP or Congress. If we have to appoint them (bureaucrats), the proportion should be such that workers do not feel sidelined,” he said.
It doesn’t matter whether a worker is my supporter or not… A worker can be a supporter of anyone, but if a Congress party worker is given an appointment, we all will welcome it, asserted Sachin Pilot.
Several retired bureaucrats, including former chief secretaries DB Gupta, Niranjan Arya and former DGP ML Lather, have been appointed to various posts in the state.
Sachin Pilot, who has been targeting the Gehlot government over the paper leak incidents, demanded the arrest of the “big sharks” involved in the leak.
The remarks once again highlight the rift within the Congress in Rajasthan, where CM Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy are locked in a power struggle. The Congress highlighted the differences when Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo yatra passed through the state, but the truce appears to be temporary.
According to PTI, Rajasthan SC Commission chairman Khiladi Bairwa and minister Rajendra Gudha said that the people of the state, especially the youth, want Sachin Pilot to be the CM.
Minister of State for Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Gudha said, “Everyone is asking when Pilot will become the chief minister. People are waiting.”
People ask me when will Pilot be made the CM and I tell them that the party high command will decide at the appropriate time, Bairwa said, according to PTI.
Rajasthan only state to introduce bill with strict provisions against cheating, paper leaks: Ashok Gehlot
Meanwhile, Ashok Gehlot replied to Sachin Pilot saying that action has been taken against the main accused.
Gehlot also refuted the allegation of BJP leader Kirori Meena and RLP MP Hanuman Beniwal that officials and leaders were involved in the paper leak. The Chief Minister said, “Rajasthan is the only state where a bill with strict provisions against copying, paper leak was introduced. In the paper leak case, the accused officials were suspended, their properties were demolished if found guilty and some has been permanently debarred from appearing for the examination.” Quoting news agency ANI.
During his address to hundreds of farmers and youth, Pilot also reiterated his demand for the central government to create a legal framework to guarantee MSP. For this he passed a resolution in the meeting.
He called upon the party workers to take the message of MP Rahul Gandhi from door to door. He said that ‘Hath Se Hath Jodo’ campaign is going to start from January 26 and Rahul Gandhi’s message should echo from every booth of the state.
Exuding confidence in the party’s ability to retain power in the assembly polls after ten months, he said the grand old party will create history in Rajasthan as power alternates between the Congress and the BJP every five years.
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