With just a month left for the Rajasthan Assembly elections, a war of words between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) has erupted. Both Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot and Rajasthan's Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje have got involved into a verbal spat questioning each other's personal roots and origin in the state.
Sachin Pilot has hit out at the BJP MLA by questioning 'her association with the state' while claiming that 'he has been in Rajasthan since he was two-and-a-half-years-old'.
"I came to this holy land when I was 2.5 years old. My late father was a pilot with the Air Force. My sister was born in Hyderabad where he was posted. I was born in Army Hospital, when was posted there. So, I have been associated with this land since I was 2.5 years old when my father contested for elections for the first time in 1979 from Bharatpur. BJP was not in existence at that time. So, I have connections with this since a long time. However, our Chief Minister has been associated with this land when she was 23-24 years old,” said Sachin Pilot while addressing a rally in Rajasthan.
In retaliation to the state Congress president’s remarks, the BJP MLA replied by saying ‘meri doli yaha aayi thi aur meri arthi bhi yahi se jayegi’ in Hindi, which translates to ‘I came here (Rajasthan) after marriage and my final rite will also be performed in this very state only.’
“A lot of questions have been raised about my origin. I only want to say that I got married in Rajasthan and my ashes will go from Rajasthan only. But I just want to know one thing, what is the birthplace and marital home of the person who is questioning me. Let the person who is questioning me answer my question. I am from this land and I am not going to leave Rajasthan. I will stay in Rajasthan till me last breath,” said the Rajasthan CM.
Meanwhile, assembly elections are scheduled to take place in Rajasthan on December 7 which will be carried in a single phase.