NEW DELHI, (Samajweekly) BY SAVING THE CONGRESS GOVERNMENT IN RAJASTHAN AND ENSURING A SEEMINGLY SEAMLESS RETURN OF REBEL LEADER SACHIN PILOT AND HIS FOLLOWERS TO THE PARTY FOLD, VETERAN CONGRESS LEADER AHMED PATEL HAS ONCE AGAIN PROVED WHY HIS TROUBLESHOOTING SKILLS ARE INDISPENSABLE FOR THE PARTY LEADERSHIP.
All eyes are on Patel, whenever there is trouble brewing for the Congress. Not for nothing is the man credited with being instrumental in the smooth running of two successive UPA governments in alliance with a number of parties between 2004 and 2014.
He is still a key negotiator for the Congress, which he proved by thwarting BJP’s attempts at toppling the Gehlot government in Rajasthan, after the party’s bad experience in Madhya Pradesh.
The Congress did not want to lose the second state within six months of the Madhya Pradesh fiasco and hence fell back on the negotiating skills of its veteran leader.
In case of Sachin Pilot, it was the Congress Treasurer who managed the return of four MLAs on Day One of the revolt by the then Rajasthan Deputy CM, ensuring fissures in the Pilot camp.
Patel, a five-term Rajya Sabha member, led the party fight against the rebels and backed Ashok Gehlot to save the state government. The fight was fought on several fronts — legal team of Congress fighting it out in the courts, Gehlot holding on to his flock of MLAs, and simultaneous attempts to win over some BJP MLAs...