Amid the power tussle between Ashok Gehlot and his bete noire Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan, a video has surfaced online in which the chief minister is purportedly saying that a "big corona" entered the party after the pandemic.
It is believed that Mr Gehlot allegedly likened Mr Pilot to coronavirus.
The video is of a pre-budget meeting Mr Gehlot had with the representatives of employees' union on Wednesday.
Responding to one of the participants during the meeting, Mr Gehlot without naming anyone said, "I have started meeting...earlier corona came...a big corona also entered our party."
He said that despite byelections or Rajya Sabha polls, the government has brought excellent schemes with the support of employees.
The comment by Mr Gehlot is being seen as a counter to Mr Pilot's repeated attack on his government.
In his daily public meetings since Monday in different districts, Mr Pilot has been targeting the state government over the issues of paper leaks, sidelining party workers and political appointments to retired bureaucrats.
Mr Gehlot and Mr Pilot have been in a power tussle ever since the Congress formed the government in December 2018.
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