The divide in Congress is now in the open after the turf-war between Rameshwarlal Dudi and Sachin Pilot has intensified after the former has declared that he will not contest election unless his the candidate he has been supporting gets the ticket.
Dudi on Sunday demanded that Kanaiya lal Jhawar be given a ticket from Bikaner East. Jhawar has been cut as from the second list and the ticket for the constitituency has been given to Yashpal Gehlot. "Unless, they give ticket to Kanaiya lal Jhawar, I will not contest the elections," he said.
Republic TV has learnt from sources that Dudi and Pilot had been in an altercation at the meeting in a CEC meeting over the issuance of Bikaner east and Fulera tickets.
With Dudi's declaration to not contest election unless his demand is met, the Congress is now split wide open.
On Saturday, there were violent protests over sidelining of Spardha Choudhary for the Fulera ticket. Choudhary, who was suspended after the Delhi meeting, blamed Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot for not giving her the ticket, and even alleged that Pilot traded the ticket for money.
"The party may have suspended me for six years, and the main reason behind it is the chief of the party in the state, who is plotting against the workers who have been working since last 15 years. He wanted to suppress me, a woman who has made it to the top on her own, because of which everyone reached outside Rahul Gandhi's residence and wanted answers from Sachin Pilot as to why he doesn't want us to contest the elections. All the women workers have been sidelined by the party in the state. All the big claims by Rahul Gandhi about empowering women and youth, and now when the time came for him to act, he kept quiet. I don't understand what happens inside, where money is given, from where money is taken. I can't tell any of this. Congress just talks, and today I gave a befitting answer to them through the protest outside Rahul Gandhi's residence. If fighting for the people and asking for your rights is indiscipline, then I accept it. Congress will suffer."
Congress workers who backed Choudhary carried sloganeering in Delhi and even stopped Pilot's car from leaving Rahul Gandhi's residence.
In August, there were reports of Sachin Pilot and former Rajasthan CM and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot having differences over being the CM candidate. This week the party claimed there were no such issues as both leaders announced that they would contest the polls.