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Pilot may not get Scindia-like bonhomie post-Congress exit

New Delhi: The script of Sachin Pilot's exit from the Congress is ready and it's a mere formality to him to announce his departure from the Grand Old party after he was sacked from the post of Deputy Chief Minister and state Congress chief on Tuesday. As per experts, there would be many challenges for Pilot after walking out of the party of his ancestors.

As per Pilot's supporters, the announcement may come on Wednesday when their leader would address a Press conference amid the ongoing crisis in the state Congress.

After Jyotiraditya Scindia, Pilot would be the second high-profile exit from the Congress in an almost the identical script as Scindia had also rebelled against the then chief minister Kamal Nath over the issues of being 'sidelined' in the party that brought down the Nath government.

Scindia and Pilot may have the similarities in exiting the party of their ancestors, but the post-exit 'survival' of the 42-year-old Pilot scion is not going to as like Scindia. Given the political equations in Rajasthan, Pilot may not get the opportunity to 'dictate' his terms as Scindia did in Madhya Pradesh by securing ministerial berth for his loyalists in the government led by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Though there is no permanent commitment in the politics of the 21st century, still if the words of Pilot of not joining BJP are to be believed, then he would have to float a new party as the existence of him in Congress would invite the humiliation of different level for anti-party activities.

According to political experts, Pilot would have to join the BJP to play his political innings as he cannot compete with Gehlot without being into the saffron party.

"Given that Pilot needs to have the support of at least 35 MLAs to bring down Gehlot government in the state, the BJP is still not sure as what number of MLAs are with him. So, the BJP is not in a hurry and the saffron party is in a wait-and-watch mode," the experts said. There are several other challenges for Pilot to keep his flock intact as some of his 'loyalists' are not ready to lose their membership of the assembly.

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