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Meet Sachin Pilot, an architect of Congress victory in Rajasthan bye-polls

The party recently won two Lok Sabha and one Assembly bypolls, and the credit for these victories goes to Pilot

Sachin Pilot
Sachin Pilot

In November 1978, D B Chandre Gowda resigned from the Chikmagalur Lok Sabha seat in Karnataka and Indira Gandhi announced her decision to contest that bye-election. There was considerable resistance from Chief Minister Devaraj Urs but Gandhi ignored that, going to the Sringeri and Dharmasthala temples to seek blessings and then plunging into the campaign. The Janata Party fielded Veerendra Patil. That victory enabled her to become the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, toy with Charan Singh, and finally return to power in 1980 to lead a Congress government and become Prime ...