Ashok Gehlot tells Captain Amarinder Singh

Ashok Gehlot tells Captain Amarinder Singh

All Congressmen must rise above themselves and think in the interest of the party and the country, advised the Rajasthan chief minister

File image of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. News18

A day after Congress veteran Captain Amarinder Singh resigned as the Punjab chief minister, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot implored him to think about the party’s interests and not do anything that may damage it. His remarks come after Singh on Saturday indicated that the dissension-driven party could see more tension.

After submitting his resignation, Singh had said, “As far as my future politics is concerned, there is always an option and I will use that option when the time comes.” This declaration was largely being seen as Amarinder’s way of keeping dialogue open with the BJP.

On Sunday, Gehlot said Singh is a respected leader and advised him to listen to his “inner voice” and keep the party’s interest at the forefront. He tweeted his statement both in English and Hindi:

Gehlot’s statement comes in the backdrop of a raging political tussle on his own turf, Rajasthan. The Gandhis have been at their wit’s end to make Gehlot agree to expand his council of ministers and accommodate some supporters of Sachin Pilot, who rebelled against him soon after the Rajasthan elections in 2018. The Pilot camp has been placated more than twice by the Gandhis to stop them from an open rebellion. However, his reluctance to accommodate the ambitions of his younger colleague has inadvertently split the state Congress unit into two irreconcilable camps.

With inputs from PTI

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