New Delhi: Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Monday said he does not take Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s statements against him personally as he is like a “father figure”. His statement came a day after Gehlot attacked Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat alleging that he along with Pilot tried to dislodge his government two years ago.
“Earlier also, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had said many things about me like ‘Nakara‘, ‘Nikamma‘. I don’t take his statements otherwise as he is experienced, senior and a father figure,” he told reporters in in Tonk.
“Right now my focus is to bring back our govt in the state,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.
“A few days back, at an event in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi had praised my patience level. If a leader like Rahul Gandhi is appreciating my patience level then I think no one should unnecessarily get disturbed by his statement and take it in a right spirit,” he said.
As the MVA government in Maharashtra faces a crisis, Gehlot had last week said the BJP tried to bribe Congress legislators in his state too, offering them Rs 10 crore each, but they continued to support him and did not let his government fall.
The oblique reference, apparently, was to former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, who had holed up in a resort in Gurugram last year along with some party MLAs in an attempt to flip them to his side, but failed to topple the government. Gehlot weathered the storm for almost a month but managed to save his government.