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Rajasthan CM announcement updates: Ashok Gehlot named for top post; Congress leaders to meet governor today evening

Congress leaders will on Friday evening meet the Rajasthan governor and will decide on the details of the oath-taking ceremony. Ashok Gehlot has been named the chief minister.

FP Staff December 14, 2018 17:13:49 IST
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Rajasthan CM announcement updates: Ashok Gehlot named for top post; Congress leaders to meet governor today evening

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Dec 14, 2018 - 16:57 (IST)
Ashok Gehlot had faced opposition in race for CM chair earlier as well
 
Ashok Gehlot, who emerged on Friday as his party's choice for the chief minister's post in Rajasthan, faced serious opposition in the race to the chief minister's post in 1998 and 2008 as well, with Jat leaders in the Congress opposing him.
 
On both occasions, he overcame the opposition to be named by the Congress as the chief minister.
 
This time, however, the challenge from Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot has been tougher.
 
After the jockeying for power since the results of the 7 December Assembly polls came in on Tuesday, the Congress picked him over Pilot on Friday afternoon to head the state government.
 
In December 2008, Jat leaders like the then Union minister Sis Ram Ola, former Rajasthan Speaker Parasram Maderna and newly elected MLA Sonaram had openly raised the demand for a Jat chief minister. Gehlot is from the Mali community.
 
The then Pradesh Congress Committee president CP Joshi, who later became Union minister after winning the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, also had chief ministerial aspirations.
 
But he lost the 2008 assembly election with a margin of just one vote, ruling himself out of the race.
 
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Dec 14, 2018 - 16:49 (IST)

Congress leaders to meet Rajasthan governor today evening, says KC Venugopal

Congress leader KC Venugopal said that the party would meet the Rajasthan governor on Friday evening and decide on the details of the oath-taking ceremony.

Dec 14, 2018 - 16:33 (IST)

'Will form govt in 2019:' Sachin Pilot

"We'll form the government with a big mandate in 2019," Sachin Pilot has said after being named Rajasthan deputy chief minister.

Dec 14, 2018 - 16:30 (IST)

Sachin Pilot thanks Rahul Gandhi for making Ashok Gehlot chief minister

Sachin Pilot said at the press conference, "I would like to thank Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other legislators for taking this decision to make Ashok Gehlot the Chief Minister of Rajasthan."

Dec 14, 2018 - 16:21 (IST)

Sachin Pilot 'young, dedicated leader', says Congress

The Congress has heaped praise on Sachin Pilot as well, terming him a "young, dedicated leader", while announcing his name as the deputy chief minister

Dec 14, 2018 - 16:18 (IST)

Congress terms Gehlot 'stalwart'

The Congress has made the official announcement on its Twitter handle and has termed Ashok Gehlot as a "stalwart" of the party.

Dec 14, 2018 - 16:13 (IST)

It's official; Ashok Gehlot is the new Rajasthan Chief Minister

"The chief minister of Rajasthan will be Ashok Gehlot," Congress announces. Addressing the media, KC Venugopal said that the leadership has reached the decision after many deliberations. 

Dec 14, 2018 - 16:11 (IST)

Congress leaders are now addressing a press conference. Both Gehlot and Pilot are present.

Dec 14, 2018 - 16:10 (IST)

Portfolios to be split equally between Gehlot, Pilot supporters

Sources have also told CNN-News18 that portfolios will also be split equally between supporters of Gehlot and Pilot. Striking a balance between youth and experience will be key for the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha election.

Dec 14, 2018 - 16:02 (IST)

Sachin Pilot to be Deputy CM

Sachin Pilot may be the Rajasthan deputy chief minister, CNN-News18 quoted sources as saying. Rahul Gandhi appears to have attempted to strike a balance between the two most prominent Congress leaders in the state.

Ashok Gehlot is new Rajasthan CM LATEST updates: Congress leaders will on Friday evening meet the Rajasthan governor and will decide on the details of the oath-taking ceremony. 

"We will form the government with a big mandate in 2019," Congress leader Sachin Pilot said after being named Rajasthan deputy chief minister.

The chief minister of Rajasthan will be Ashok Gehlot," Congress announces. Addressing the media, KC Venugopal said that the leadership has reached the decision after many deliberations. 

Sachin Pilot may be the Rajasthan deputy chief minister, CNN-News18 quoted sources as saying. Rahul Gandhi appears to have attempted to strike a balance between the two most prominent Congress leaders in the state.

Ashok Gehlot is the Congress' pick for Rajasthan chief minister, sources said Friday, after party president Rahul Gandhi appeared to have successfully brokered peace.

On Thursday, Sachin Pilot supporters had burnt tyres and blocked roads in Rajasthan, demanding his appointment as the next chief minister.

Gehlot was speaking to the media before the start of a meeting at the residence of Congress President Rahul Gandhi in the presence of state Congress chief Sachin Pilot, the other main contender for the post.

Reports have confirmed that Ashok Gehlot, senior Congress leader, will be the next Rajasthan chief minister. Congress president Rahul Gandhi held fresh round of discussions on Friday with Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, the two chief ministerial aspirants in Rajasthan, before taking a final call for the top post.

The decision of Rajasthan's next chief minister is likely to be taken before noon and will be made public at a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in state capital Jaipur, sources said.
After several rounds of discussions that lasted till Thursday midnight, Congress veteran Gehlot has emerged as a front runner for the top post, while Pradesh Congress Committee president Pilot is being placated in attempts to broker peace between the two.

Rajasthan CM announcement updates Ashok Gehlot named for top post Congress leaders to meet governor today evening

Rahul Gandhi with Ashok Gehlot (L) and Sachin Pilot (R). Twitter/@RahulGandhi

Party's central observer for Rajasthan K C Venugopal told PTI, "It is up to the Congress president to take a final call and the decision is being awaited."

Congress leaders feel once the MLAs in the state have authorised Gandhi to take a decision on the chief minister, leaders should not challenge the high command and accept the decision.
Pilot, 41, is still reported not on board on Gehlot's name, which is delaying the announcement, the sources said. The PCC chief has put up a stiff resistance and his staking his own claim for the top post.

AICC general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan Avinash Pande told PTI," Congress president heard everyone and after wide consultations he will take the final decision which will be acceptable to all."

Gandhi is likely to meet Pilot and Gehlot, 67, again at his residence in attempts to broker peace, like he did in the case of Madhya Pradesh where Kamal Nath was declared as the next chief minister amid hectic parleys held by the Congress chief with senior party leaders in the national capital Thursday night.

The Congress leadership want Gehlot and Pilot to be present together at the CLP meet.

Sources said the Congress top brass was upset with the manner in which party workers resorted to arson and violence in the state in a bid to exert pressure on the party to name Pilot.
They said this the first time such incidents have been reported in Rajasthan and the party has taken the matter seriously.

The incidents of violence were reported in Jaipur, Dosa and other parts Thursday following which the Congress leadership asked both Pilot and Gehlot to issue appeal for peace.

The party leaders feel the infighting in Rajasthan should end soon and called an amicable solution in the manner Jyotiraditya Scindia gracefully accepted the Congress's decision in Madhya Pradesh

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