Pilot’s exit triggers protests in Rajasthan’s Gujjar-dominated areas

Gujjar-dominated areas of Rajasthan witnessed protests after Sachin Pilot was removed as Deputy Chief Minister and Pradesh Congress Committee president on Tuesday and Wednesday. High alert has been sounded in Dausa, Ajmer, Tonk, Sawai Madhopur and Bharatpur to avert any untoward incident. These areas have considerable Gujjar presence.

The Congress decision has triggered a series of resignations from the party. Rajasthan NSUI president Abhimanyu Poonia on Tuesday also tendered his resignation. Poonia said that around 400-500 members holding certain posts in the Youth Congress, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and Seva Dal have resigned to protest against the development.

More than 200 Congress workers resigned in Tonk, Pilot’s home constituency in Rajasthan to protest against his sacking. District Congress President of Pali Chunnilal Chadwas has also resigned from the party. Meanwhile, Pilot in a tweet said: “My heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all those who have come out in my support today. Ram Ram sa.”

Many senior Congress leaders also regretted the exit of Pilot who is considered to be the most charismatic leader of the Congress in the state. “Our conscience is alive, so is our self-respect. #SachinPilotkesaath,” Poonia said on Twitter.

The Congress on Tuesday sacked Sachin Pilot from the posts of Rajasthan’s deputy chief minister as well as the party’s state unit chief and also cracked the whip on the rebel party leader, removing his loyalists Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena from the state cabinet.

Meanwhile, protests were staged in many pockets of Gujjar dominated areas as Pilot is a favourite of the community.