Former Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot on Friday refuted claims made by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi that she had spoken to him about joining the saffron field.
“Rita Bahuguna Joshi claimed she had spoken to Sachin. She may have spoken to Sachin Tendulkar. She doesn’t have the heart to speak to me,” Pilot told reporters during a congressional protest in Jaipur against rising fuel prices.
Joshi told a TV channel that he talked to Pilot about joining the BJP.
Pilot’s statement came amid reports of his discontent with the Congressional leadership.
The Congress leader openly revolted against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s leadership in July last year, and after a month-long political crisis, the party’s high command assured him it would resolve the issues he raised and formed a committee.
The pilot camp, however, says the issues were not resolved and nothing was done by the committee.
At the protest outside a gas station in the Sanganer area, Pilot targeted the central government because of inflation and rising fuel prices.
“The economic slowdown, inflation and unemployment hit the country hard during the coronavirus pandemic. People lost their jobs and workers are not receiving wages,” he said.
“It is very sad that thousands of people have died, dead bodies have been dumped in rivers and all families have battled the coronavirus, and in such a situation, the government is not taking any steps to control inflation and instead raise prices for fuels”, Pilot added.
He said the prime minister had to reverse his decision on vaccination and announce free inoculation for everyone under pressure from Congress.
Congress and other opposition parties will succeed in increasing pressure on the Center because of inflation and rising fuel prices, Pilot said.
Earlier, the congressional leader arrived in the village of Bhandana from Dausa to honor his father and former Union minister, Rajesh Pilot, on his death anniversary.
The local party leaders were there with him in Dausa.
Gehlot and CCP head Govind Singh Dotasra paid tribute to Rajesh Pilot on Twitter.