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Pilot must have conversation first, only then talk of return can happen, says Congress


File photo of Sachin Pilot. | PTI
File photo of Sachin Pilot | PTI


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New Delhi: After Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said he will embrace rebel Congressmen if they apologise to the “high command”, the Congress on Sunday made it clear that Sachin Pilot must first spell out his position unequivocally and hold a conversation.

The Congress also claimed that its government in Rajasthan was safe and would prove its majority on the floor of the house when the assembly meets on August 14.

“Sachin Pilot must come and hold a conversation first. Pilot must come out and state his position clearly and unequivocally first and only then can any talk of his return happen,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference.

Asked about Gehlot’s comments that he will embrace the rebels and accept them, after having used some harsh words against Pilot a few days ago, Surjewala said the same were stated out of “hurt feelings and sentiments” due to the conspiracy to topple his government.

“Ashok Gehlot ji has acted responsibly and in a mature fashion in what he has stated,” he said.

“It should also set to rest all criticism of some remarks in a way out of his hurt feelings and sentiments, on account of a clear conspiracy in collusion with the BJP to topple his government in the state,” the Congress leader said.

Asked how many MLAs supported the Congress in Rajasthan, Surjewala said, “We have over 102 MLAs”. He has earlier claimed the support of 109 MLAs in the state, which has a total of 200 MLAs.

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