Pilot, Gehlot supporters clash at Congress meeting in Ajmer

Supporters of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his rival Sachin Pilot clashed before a feedback meeting with party workers in Ajmer.

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The Rajasthan Congress is deeply divided, with Sachin Pilot raising the banner of dissent against Ashok Gehlot, alleging corruption by the previous BJP government in the state | File photo: PTI

According to the police, there was a clash between supporters of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his rival Sachin Pilot before a feedback meeting with party workers in Ajmer on Thursday (May 18).

The meeting was scheduled at a place in Vaishali Nagar area of the city ahead of a meeting scheduled to be chaired by AICC’s Rajasthan co-incharge Amrita Dhawan.

According to Christianganj Police Station SHO Karan Singh, supporters of both leaders had an altercation over seating arrangement, which led to a scuffle.

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“It was an office bearer meeting where supporters of Ajmer Saras Dairy Chairman Ramchandra Chaudhary and RTDC Chairman Dharmendra Rathore had come. They started shouting slogans against each other, which led to a scuffle between them,” Congress city president Vijay Jain said.

SHO Karan Singh said that police present at the spot intervened and pacified the protestors. No major injury was reported, he added.

Rift runs deep in the Rajasthan Congress with Pilot raising a dissident’s banner against Gehlot over alleged corruption by the previous BJP dispensation in the state and demanding action against them.

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Apart from a call for a high-level probe into corruption, Pilot recently spelled out two other demands disbanding the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) and its reconstitution, and compensation for those affected by the cancellation of government recruitment exams after paper leaks.

Earlier in the week, he also threatened a statewide agitation if his demands are not met.

(With agency inputs)