He may be apologetic, but he’s in his blood. Ashok Gehlot’s meeting with Sonia Gandhi on Thursday ended with Minister Rajasthan giving up his run for Parliament Speaker as well as a symbolic surrender, but his notes for the session painted a completely different picture.
Taken by Malayala photographer Manorama J SureshA photo of the cheat sheet Mr. Gehlot brought with him to the meeting provided rare insight into the points he most likely raised to Mrs. Gandhi.
Ashok Gehlot’s leaked letter to Sonia Gandhi.
(Whatever bad happened, I’m heartbroken, in addition to SP, CP, Govind and 102 were also written.) pic.twitter.com/gksaFupgtl
– (@ EgiyeBangla2022) September 30, 2022
The photo shows a panel of charges against Mr. Gehlot’s younger rival, Sachin Pilot. The fact that Sachin Pilot could be appointed Chief Minister if Mr. Gehlot moved to Delhi to lead the party, this spurred an all-out uprising by later party-loyal MLAs and thus ended the scheme.
Bringing serious charges against Pilot Sachin, known as ‘SP’, Mr Gehlot’s note claimed he was “favored by opponents 102 MLA vs. 18” and that there was every chance to lead the Nation Younger union “abandoned the party for profit politics”.
They also accused Sachin Pilot of trying to “overthrow” the congressional government in the state as head of the state party in collusion with the BJP, which tried to buy out the MLA by offering prices ranging from 10 to 10. 50 Rs.
According to the photograph, Mr. Gehlot intends to begin his case with Mrs. Gandhi saying, “Jo hua bahut dukhad hai, main bhi bahut aahat hun (What happened is very sad, I am also deeply heartbroken) “- a clear allusion to the rebellion of his camp.
“Rajneeti mein hawa badalte dekh, saath-chhor dete hain. Yahaan aisa nahin hua (There’s a culture of changing sides, look at the changing political scenario. It didn’t happen here) …” it said – a clear defense of his MLA.
“SP will leave the party – observer pehle sahi party report dete toh ke liye achcha hota (If observers come up with an accurate report sooner, that would be good for the party),” the note said, accusing Pilot Sachin of being”Pehla pradesh adhyaksh jisne sarkaar girane ki poori koshish ki (First state president who tried his best to overthrow the government)”.
Neither Parliament nor Ashok Gehlot have commented on the painting.