Sachin Pilot
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Amid political slugfest, Congress leader Sachin Pilot reached Delhi on Friday evening and will stay in the national capital till Sunday, reported India Today.

According to reports, he is likely to meet party leadership regarding problems, which he says have remained unresolved despite being promised solutions.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Congress president Govind Singh Dotasara denied reports of infighting in the party. "Sachin Pilot is a senior leader of Congress and there is no problem in the party. Party's in charge of Rajasthan, Ajay Maken has said that the Cabinet reshuffle will happen in the state soon," Govind Singh Dotasara was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Sachin Pilot's Delhi tour comes in the backdrop of his loyalist MLAs making comments on the internal issues of the party including an MLA sending his resignation to the speaker.

Ajay Maken on Friday had said, "Vacant positions in the cabinet, boards and commissions would be filled soon and we are in talks with all."

Jitin Prasada, a close aide of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi shifted to its political rival - Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday. This was followed by rife speculations about more leaders following his suit, including Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot.

Dotasra dismissed the speculation of Pilot quitting the party and said, "Pilot is our politician and a strong senior leader of Congress. There is no problem in Congress. How are these questions being raised?" There has been a prolonged tussle between Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Pilot.

After Jitin Prasada switched to the BJP on Wednesday, Pilot raked up the issue of non-resolution of commitments made to him.

"It has now been 10 months. I was given to understand that there would be swift action by the committee, but now half of the term is done, and those issues haven't been resolved. It is unfortunate that so many of the party workers who worked and gave their all for getting us the mandate are not being heard," Pilot said.

A group of Congress MLAs met Sachin Pilot, another party legislator on Friday expressed support for the dissident leader as trouble brewed again in Rajasthan's ruling party.

Pilot, however, brushed aside speculation that he is switching to the BJP, like Jitin Prasada who quit the Congress two days back.

Pilot also dismissed suggestions that he is headed for the Bharatiya Janata Party. He rejected a claim made on a television show by BJP leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi that she had spoken to him about the possibility.

"Rita Bahuguna Joshi said she spoke to Sachin. She might have spoken to Sachin Tendulkar (the cricketer). She doesn't have the courage to speak to me," the Congress leader told reporters in Jaipur during his party's protest over fuel prices.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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