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Legend of Rajesh Pilot

from real to reel life

IT was May 15, 1999, when Sharad Pawar, PA Sangma, Tariq Anwar and the late Rajesh Pilot met at Pawar’s residence to debate the right of the Italian-born Sonia Gandhi to lead the Congress party. It was decided that a new political party would be launched, for which all four would be the public face. The leaders decided that the new formation would be announced the next day at a press conference. Pilot moved out from the meeting at midnight and went straight to 10, Janpath to discuss the conspiracy and coup d’état of Pawar. Sonia Gandhi was obviously thankful to Pilot for the information. The following day, Pawar, Sangma and Anwar announced the launch of a new party by the name of Nationalist Congress Party. Pilot was not seen till the end of the press conference. But Pilot was a fiery leader. He would have reached great heights if he had not met with an accident and died in his constituency, Dausa. His phenomenonal rise is a motivational story for Congressmen. The son of a poor Gujjar farmer from Dadri, he joined the Air Force. In his career in politics after that, he became a prominent leader within the Congress in no time. Rama Pilot, his wife, is making a documentary film on him and is in consultation with scriptwriters, musicians and other technical experts. It is to be seen how she depicts her husband to the world.

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