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Fissures Exposed in Rajasthan Cong as Sachin Pilot Slams CM Ashok Gehlot Over Law and Order Situation

File photo of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot with state Congress Committee president and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot.

File photo of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot with state Congress Committee president and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot.

The skirmishes between the two Congress leaders were reported after drubbing in Lok Sabha elections as Gehlot blamed Pilot for his son's loss.

  • Last Updated: September 11, 2019, 10:54 PM IST
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New Delhi: In what is indicative of an internal rift, Rajasthan deputy chief minister and senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Wednesday criticised the law and order situation in the state and said that the government needs to do more.

“It is true that we should pay more attention to law and order. A lot of incidents have just happened, which should not be repeated. Whether it is from Dhaulpur or Alwar, these are disturbing events,” Pilot said.

Notably, senior Congress leader and chief minister Ashok Gehlot is also the home minister of the state.

Further elaborating, Pilot said, “Communal incidents have happened. Jails have been broken. Ensuring law and order is an important part of the government’s jobs. My daughters should be safe.”

On September 6, a notorious criminal from Haryana had escaped from a police station in Alwar district, where he was held, after more than a dozen men barged in and opened indiscriminate firing.

Pilot’s comments come at a time when the Congress is reportedly facing an internal tussle in Rajasthan.

In an interview with 'India Today', Pilot had lambasted his own government headed by Gehlot, saying that the investigation by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the Pehlu Khan case should have been ordered earlier.

Pilot said that if the SIT probe would have been ordered earlier or right after the Congress came to power in the state, those accused in the case may not have been acquitted by the lower court.

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Media reports, which surfaced immediately after the Lok Sabha elections, claimed that Gehlot had held Pilot responsible for his son's loss. However, he later took to Twitter to claim the statement had been wrongly represented.

After Pilot, another congress MLA Johri Lal Meena also slammed the Gehlot government over the law and order situation, saying it has failed to control crime in Rajasthan.

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