New Delhi: After 48 hours of uncertainty, the Congress top brass has reportedly chosen its veteran leader Ashok Gehlot as the new Chief Minister of Rajasthan and Sachin Pilot as the Deputy CM of the state. Reports claimed that an official announcement in the matter will be made at 4: 30 PM today.
Notably, the reports came soon after the party president Rahul Gandhi tweeted his picture with both Gehlot and Pilot, who were the front runners for the CM post.
Earlier in the day, Gehlot, a two-time Chief Minister, and Pilot reached Gandhi’s residence within minutes of each other for a meeting. Ahead of the meeting, Gehlot took a veiled dig at Pilot saying that the party unit had already left the decision on Gandhi and it was not the time to express individual choices.
“We have given the duty to the High Command. Let it decide who is to be given what responsibility. If I say my choice is this, it is not time for that. The time is to strengthen the Congress, see how its graph goes up. If Congress is strong, everyone will be empowered and we prove to be useful in meeting the objectives of the 2019 elections. This alone should be our thinking,” Gehlot had said.
If reports are to be believed, Pilot had put up a strong claim to the post on the ground that he had galvanised the party fter the defeat in 2013, when he was appointed the state party chief.
On Thursday as well, Pilot and Gehlot had separate meetings with Gandhi after the leadership issue was settled in Madhya Pradesh. Notably, the grand old party has made a stunning comeback winning 99 of 199 seats in the recently concluded state Assembly elections 2018.