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Rajasthan crisis may give BJP more ammo to target Cong dynasty

NEW DELHI: The removal of Sachin Pilot as deputy CM of Rajsthan and state Congress chief on Tuesday after his rebellion against the Gehlot government is likely to bolster BJPs claim that the opposition party is only defined by the Gandhi-Nehru family which doesnt want any other party member to grow and become a threat to Rahul Gandhi.
The crisis for Congress in Rajasthan unfolded at a time when there has been clamour within sections of the party for Rahuls return as party chief as Sonia Gandhi is set to complete one year as interim president on August 10.
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Even if Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot survives for now, the rebellion by the Pilot camp could come as a major gain for BJP as the government will be critically dependent on Independents and sundry parties and thus remain vulnerable.
It is likely to also strengthen BJPs arguments the hold of the Gandhi-Nehru family over the Grand Old Party is diminishing by the day with most of the younger leaders unhappy with the leadership and making their anger public while even exploring “better” political future for themselves.
As Congress seems to have shut the doors for Pilot after sacking him and two of his loyalists, all eyes are on his next move amid speculation whether he would follow Jyotiraditya Scindias footsteps. Departure of Scindia, who joined BJP and is now a member of Rajya Sabha, had led to the fall of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh barely a few months back.
Scindias exit was followed by several others like Tom Vadakkan and Swati Chaturvedi while some others like Sanjay Nirupam and Sanjay Jha are said to be sulking.
BJP vice president Uma Bharti on Tuesday attributed Sachin Pilot's rebellion to "humiliation" within Congress.
Bharti alleged that Rahul Gandhi was responsible for "destruction" of Congress and held the Gandhi family responsible for the crisis in Rajasthan.
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