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Desert storm brewing over Gehlot successor as CM

Sachin Pilot, CP Joshi or Govind Singh Dotasra — the race within the Congress on who would be the subsequent chief minister of Rajasthan is boiling down to those three names as Ashok Gehlot has made it clear that he’ll contest for Congress president and step down because the Rajasthan chief minister if he wins.

The race for the subsequent CM of Rajasthan may in actual fact turn out to be a extra fascinating contest than that of Congress president.

Dotasra, the state Congress chief, has been proper alongside Gehlot throughout his Delhi go to after he had changed Pilot because the PCC chief in 2020. Gehlot can be stated to be within the favour of Rajasthan Meeting Speaker CP Joshi to exchange him, which might be a candy reward for Joshi who had missed out to Gehlot in 2008 on turning into the Rajasthan CM after his heart-breaking loss by only one vote in these meeting elections. Pilot, nevertheless, is fancying his probabilities, given the ‘promise’ made to him by the Gandhis to make him the chief ministerial face forward of the meeting elections in Rajasthan subsequent 12 months.

A senior Rajasthan minister stated Gehlot’s focus is on ‘continuity’ within the authorities and no ‘disruption’ within the momentum forward of the state elections which can be simply 14 months away. He has additionally made it clear that the needs and sentiments of the MLAs be stored in thoughts whereas the excessive command chooses the subsequent chief minister — and most MLAs are anticipated to both assist Joshi or Dotasra although Pilot has begun his efforts to deliver the MLAs to his aspect as nicely. Dotasra, nevertheless, has denied that he’s among the many contenders however added that the MLAs’ recommendation will matter.

Joshi, the MLA from Nathdwara who was elected because the Rajasthan Speaker in 2019, appears a frontrunner from the Gehlot camp, given his expertise each as a minister on the Centre as nicely of occasion affairs since he has been the previous PCC chief of Rajasthan. He has a great equation with Gehlot. The CM’s advice could weigh closely, given that the majority MLAs again him. The truth is, Gehlot had referred to as for a gathering of all MLAs, besides Pilot, earlier this week earlier than coming to Delhi and informed them to accompany him within the nationwide capital when he information a nomination type as a giant present of power.

Pilot, nevertheless, is anticipated to lean on Rahul Gandhi to reward his “persistence” and announce him as the subsequent chief minister who will lead the occasion into the subsequent elections in Rajasthan. Pilot will make a case that he additionally has expertise as a Union minister, has led the occasion within the state until 2020 and as a youth chief with good traction throughout the state, he can reverse the development of the cyclic change of governments in Rajasthan and make the Congress return to energy a consecutive time. The Congress had additionally misplaced all Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan in 2019, a 12 months after the occasion gained the state election and Gehlot grew to become chief minister. Pilot’s case has been that even Gehlot’s son couldn’t win.

There may be, in the meantime, additionally hypothesis that the choice on the subsequent Rajasthan chief minister might be taken after the Gujarat elections are over in December and Gehlot may proceed until then, presenting the state funds earlier than he quits.

With inputs from News18



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