NEW DELHI: A series of incidents over the past one and a half years where Sachin Pilot’s powers and achievements were rarely acknowledged or curtailed by chief minister Ashok Gehlot seems to have triggered the deputy chief minister’s latest move.The most recent incident of Pilot being sidelined was during the state government’s battle with the Covid-19 crisis. Pilot was not part of the core team constituted by the state government to handle it. Unlike other states, where the deputy CMs also joined the CM in holding meetings, Gehlot preferred to hold it himself, despite Pilot working hard to increase MNREGA work days and taking the sanitisation drive to the rural areas. While much has been talked about the Rajasthan model, Pilot’s efforts or participation were not acknowledged.A direct affront to Pilot’s power as PCC chief was seen when six BSP MLAs defected to the Congress in October last year. The MLAs joined the Congress in the presence of Gehlot. Although he was the PCC president, Pilot was not kept in the loop regarding this. This was the first major incident where Gehlot asserted himself within the party, apart from the government.As deputy CM, Pilot has been handling the PWD, rural development and panchayati raj ministries.After the BSP incident, Gehlot continued to sideline Pilot within the government. On the completion of one year of the government, a three-day celebration was planned in December. A special booklet was launched recording the achievements of the government over the past year. However, Pilot was completely isolated from the celebrations. Not a single poster or photo of him was put out anywhere. The achievements of his ministries were also not even mentioned in the booklet. A frustrated Pilot posted the achievements of his ministries on social media two days later.“It would have been better if the works under my ministries were also showcased as part of the one-year celebrations of the government,” Pilot had said at that time. With this major blow, Gehlot had sent out a clear message to the bureaucracy on who the boss was. Ministers, including Pilot, were not allowed to publish any advertisements in the newspaper without approval from the CMO which further limited his reach.These slights were not only limited to Pilot, but to his supporters within the party as well. Cabinet ministers such as Vishwendra Pratap Singh, Pramod Jai Bhaya, Ramesh Meena and others have been quite vocal about the treatment meted out to them by bureaucrats of their own ministries.The current imbroglio finds its roots in the recent Rajya Sabha elections. After Jyotiraditya Scindia moved to the BJP, there were a lot of speculations about Pilot. He felt that things were being done at the behest of Gehlot to discredit him.During the Rajya Sabha polls, the Congress blamed the BJP of trying to poach on the party. Post the elections, a Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Rajasthan Police was formed to investigate into the conspiracy to destabilise the government. On Sunday, when the SOG served a notice to Pilot for an inquiry, the latter felt it has crossed all limits and it had become untenable for him to carry on.