Congress leader Sachin Pilot addressed the issue of cancellation of multiple exams due to question paper leak and emphasized the need to arrest the culprits and fix accountability in the cases.
Congress leader Sachin Pilot was addressing farmers at the Kisan Sammelan in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu on Wednesday. (Photo: Twitter/Sachin Pilot)
By Dev Ankur Wadhawan: Congress leader and former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot addressed the issue of the cancellation of multiple exams in the state due to question paper leak and emphasised the need to arrest the culprits and fix accountability in the cases.
Last month, the 2nd-grade teacher recruitment exam, conducted by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission, was cancelled after it came to the fore that candidates were handed a copy of the question paper before the exam in exchange for Rs 10 lakh per candidate. The cancellation of the teacher recruitment exam opened a can of worms as there are six other competitive state exams that are under the radar due to violations.
Sachin Pilot, who has been touring across the state as part of the Kisan Sammelan, has been raising the issue of question paper leak, although he is confident that the Congress will again win the Rajasthan assembly elections, scheduled to be held on or before this December, and form the government.
Speaking at the Kisan Sammelan in Jhunjhunu’s Udaipurwati, Pilot said, “It is being said now that no official or leader was involved. Exam papers are locked in a safe and they were leaked… is it jaadugari (magic)? How did it happen? This is not possible, some people are responsible for this.”
Indirectly hinting at how he should be handed over the reign of the Congress party in Rajasthan, Pilot said, “In 2013, we were down to 21 seats, our entire cabinet was wiped out. Later, the party high command decided to make me the state Congress president. I was told it was a beneficial proposition.”
“I have toiled very hard for five years. Ten months are still left for the assembly polls. If everyone is given the respect that is due to them, we can win the 2023 Assembly elections,” said the Congress leader.
Three ministers of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s government were also present at the Kisan Sammelan in Jhunjhunu.
Rajendra Guda, a minister in the Ashok Gehlot government, took potshots at the chief minister. “The one who got 21 out of 200 is capable but the one who helped the party win 100 out of 200 seats is called ‘nalayak’,” said the minister.
During the 2013 Rajasthan elections, Ashok Gehlot was the sitting Chief Minister when the Congress won only 21 seats. In 2018, Sachin Pilot, who by now was made the state Congress president, chalked out the party’s election campaign that helped the Congress win the polls with 100 out of the 200 seats in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly.
Tensions started brewing between CM Gehlot and his former deputy after Sachin Pilot rebelled against the former’s leadership in 2020 but stayed back in the Congress following a lot of consolation offered by the party’s top brass. The same year, Gehlot called Pilot ‘nalayak’ (worthless) for backstabbing the Congress and trying to topple the government.
Hemaram Choudhary, another Rajasthan minister who was present at the Kisan Sammelan, said, “Farmers are not getting electricity in Rajasthan. They call us and we do not know what to say…When people decide in favour of someone, no one can stop that person. I can see that people have decided that Sachin Pilot will be their leader.”