Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on the death of Kota infants offered cautious criticism of his government on Saturday and said, “I think our response to this could have been more compassionate and sensitive.”
“After being in power for 13 months, I think it serves no purpose to blame the previous government’s misdeeds. Accountability should be fixed,” he added.
Pilot’s remarks came a day after Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had claimed that the deaths of infants happened even during the BJP’s tenure but the number had reduced under the Congress rule.
In another development, the Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Saturday met party interim President Sonia Gandhi over the death of infants in a government hospital in Kota, Rajasthan. Patel also discussed the portfolio distribution with the party chief.
As per the reports, the meeting held at Sonia Gandhi’s residence went for over 45 minutes. The two leaders discussed the death of infants in Rajasthan, where the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government is currently ruling.
On the question of Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Kota, the sources said that nothing has come out on it yet.
As per the sources, in the meeting the duo also discussed the issue of portfolio distribution in Maharashtra where it is ruling in alliance with NCP and Shiv Sena.
As reported by IANS, to a question over the dissent brewing in the party over the portfolio distribution, the source said, ‘no one is upset’ on portfolio and there is no problem as such.
With Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, two Congress ministers had also took the oath as ministers in Maharashtra. In the first cabinet expansion, ten more ministers were inducted in the cabinet.