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‘Congress teaches patience’: Did Rahul Gandhi hint at longer wait for Sachin Pilot?

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NEW DELHI: When Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday spoke about the virtue of patience that the

Congress

teaches, was there a hint for some of his party leaders who are engaged in leadership battle in the states?

Sharing his experience of marathon questioning in the

National Herald case

, Rahul said the ED officers were surprised to see his patience during the 5-day quizzing.

Rahul claimed that this trait of patience came naturally to him as the Congress as an organisation teaches leaders to be patient.

He then went on to cite examples and in the process mentioned the names of Sachin Pilot and Karnataka Congress leader Siddaramaiah.

While for other Congress leaders this remark could be words of wisdom, for Sachin Pilot it could mean a hint at a longer wait to get his due from the party.

Among the many turmoils that the Congress faces, is the simmering leadership battle in Rajasthan between chief minister Ashok Gehlot and senior party leader Sachin Pilot.

Sachin Pilot had led a revolt against Gehlot in 2020. He had then lodged himself in a Manesar hotel in the BJP-ruled Haryana with several Rajasthan Congress MLAs who were supporting him.

After days of drama and suspense, the Congress managed to placate Pilot and Ashok Gehlot survived the rebellion.

Since then there have been an uneasy calm in Rajasthan with Sachin Pilot and his loyalists demanding their due.

Pilot, who had worked hard for Congress victory in the 2018 assembly elections, wants to be projected as party’s chief ministerial candidate in the 2023 assembly elections.

However, Ashok Gehlot has managed to maintain his hold over the majority of MLAs and also the smaller parties who play an important role in the state.

Also, Gehlot’s recent success in the Rajya Sabha elections, when he managed to win an extra seat for the Congress despite BJP’s all-out effort, adds heft to his claim of leading the party.

It is in this backdrop that Rahul Gandhi’s remark on the “virtue of patience that Congress teaches” becomes important for leaders like Pilot.

Whether or not Pilot would be ready to be patient, we will know as the 2023 electoral battle approaches.

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