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Rajasthan: Gujjars root for Sachin Pilot, but angry with Congress

Rajasthan: Gujjars root for Sachin Pilot, but angry with Congress

With a large Muslim and Gujjar vote bank in Tonk, Congress leader Sachin Pilot seems to be on a strong wicket here as he aims to retain his seat for the second consecutive time, despite anger prevailing among the Gujjars, for what they call ill-treatment by “Delhi” (Congress high command).



Tribune News Service

Animesh Singh

Tonk, November 22

With a large Muslim and Gujjar vote bank in Tonk, Congress leader Sachin Pilot seems to be on a strong wicket here as he aims to retain his seat for the second consecutive time, despite anger prevailing among the Gujjars, for what they call ill-treatment by “Delhi” (Congress high command).

Not happy with treatment

  • The Gujjar community is reportedly not happy with the Congress high command over the treatment meted out to its members
  • It is being said community leaders have been told in 40-odd Gujjar-dominated constituencies not to vote for the Congress

“Sachin se bair nahin Congress teri khair nahin,” said a local Gujjar resident, resonating the anger of the community. “He is a national-level leader but the powers in Delhi had almost got him arrested,” said Man Singh Gujjar, a hotel employee.

Sitting MLA eyeing 2nd innings

In 2018 poll, Sachin Pilot won by more than 50,000 votes against BJP’s Yoonus Khan. In this Assembly election, he is pitted against BJP’s Ajit Singh Mehta, who won from here in 2013

Another party campaigner said though Gujjars will ensure that Pilot wins from Tonk comfortably, they have indicated to their community leaders in other Gujjar-dominated constituencies (there are 40 of them in Rajasthan, not to vote for the Congress, for the kind of treatment meted out to him).

In 2018, Pilot won by more than 50,000 votes against the BJP’s Yoonus Khan. This time he is pitted against BJP’s Ajit Singh Mehta, who won from here in 2013. Mehta is playing the outsider versus insider card. Politics aside, people in Tonk complain that in terms of development, things have only gone downhill over the years. “Tonk was a carpet industry hub once, but it is barely surviving now. Polishing of precious stones was also done here once. However due to lack of employment opportunities, artisans have now resorted to driving e-rickshaws,” said Azhar, a bridal wear seller.

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