In what is likely to raise hopes of a truce for Congress party over the ongoing political stalemate in Rajasthan, dissenting leader and former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot met former party president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday afternoon, according to people aware of developments.The move is significant because senior leaders feel it could potentially be a step forward in breaking the deadlock in Rajasthan where Pilot along with 17 MLAs has raised a banner of revolt against chief minister Ashok Gehlot but they however caution that a lot will depend on what are the terms of engagement put on the discussion table.
“The meeting of Pilot took place on Monday afternoon at Rahul Gandhi’s residence. We know at this stage that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was also present in the meeting. It was regarding the political happenings in Rajasthan but there are no details available for now,” a senior party leader aware of developments said requesting anonymity.The second leader added that both Rahul and Priyanka would be discussing the issue with party presidnet Sonia Gandhi later in the day.Officially, Congress has 107 MLAs which comprises of 19 MLAs including Sachin Pilot have turned dissidents and 6 MLAs from BSP which had merged the party with Congress and is now being contested legally. In the 200 member assembly, opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has 72 MLAs while its allies account for 4 seats.