After facing an embarrassing drubbing at the hands of the BJP in the state, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot chose to play the blame game putting the responsibility for his son Vaibhav Gehlot’s defeat on state Congress chief, Sachin Pilot.
In an interview with ABP News, Gehlot said Sachin Pilot should take responsibility for Vaibhav Gehlot losing the Jodhpur Lok Sabha seat.
“Sachin Pilot said we would win with a huge majority. He said we have six MLAs (legislators) and we have done very good campaigning there… Sachin Pilot should take responsibility for at least that (Jodhpur) seat,” Gehlot reportedly told ABP News.
Meanwhile, Sachin Pilot, Deputy Chief Minister, has refused to comment but has expressed surprise at Gehlot’s statement.
Earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had named Ashok Gehlot among other chief ministers for not working hard enough in their states. These were also chief ministers who had fielded their sons to the dislike of the party high command.
Gandhi had said that the party lost as the senior leaders spend their time campaigning for their sons when they should have campaigned for the party across the state.
Following the poll debacle, Congress President Rahul Gandhi offered to resign from the post, but it was unanimously rejected by the Congress Working Committee (CWC).
In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, the Congress could not win even a single seat out of the total 25 seats in the state.
The hottest seat of the desert-state, Jodhpur, witnessed a tough contest between Union Minister of State Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son, Vaibhav Gehlot. Shekhawat won by 2,74,440 votes defeating Vaibhav who made a political debut in the Lok Sabha election.