New Delhi: After days of intense deliberations,
the Congress on Friday +
to be the chief minister of
The Deputy Chief Minister
After Congress’ observer to the state KC Venugopal made the announcement at a media briefing, Gehlot thanked Gandhi for giving him a chance to serve the people of the third time and the promise that he and Pilot would give “good governance”.
Pilot exuded confidence that Congress’ good electoral performance will continue, saying the party will get a big mandate in 2019 elections and form the government at the center.
“Me and Gehlot ji have done our magic on people of Rajasthan. We will meet the governor today and will decide on the oath-taking ceremony of the details,” said Pilot.
Rajasthan Chief Minister designate Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister designate Sachin Pilot at AICC headquarte … https://t.co/pQiMWLHngr
– ANI (@ANI) 1544784787000
A series of discussions with two candidates +
– Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot – before finalizing the name of the government in Rajasthan.
On December 11, Congress had uprooted the BJP in the 200-seat assembly. Due to the death of the BSP candidate from Ramgarh seat in Alwar, only 199 seats got polled, making the majority the mark required to form the government 100. While Congress won 99 seats, its ally National Lok Dal (RLD) got one seat and independents won 13.
Following the declaration of results, the Congress president had held three meetings with the leaders.
In today’s meeting, several senior Congress leaders, including KC Venugopal, Avinash Pande and Jitendra Singh, were present.
Hours before the announcement, Rahul tweeted a photograph of him “The united colors of Rajasthan,” read the tweet.
The united colors of Rajasthan! https://t.co/D1mjKaaBsa
– Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1544778494000
67-year-old Gehlot is sometimes called “Rajasthan’s Gandhi” The 41-year-old pilot has called the “young gun” of Rajasthan.
Currently All India Congress Committee general secretary, Gehlot has been deployed by the party in critical roles at the national level. He has appointed AICC general secretary in charge of just months ahead of last year’s assembly poll. The Congress did not win but managed to give BJP a big scare in PM Narendra Modi’s home state
In the recent Karnataka Assembly elections, Gehlot was there in Bengaluru along with Gulam Nabi Azad to help stitch together a post-poll coalition with Janata Dal (Secular) to form the government
On the other hand, Pilot has earned more than his electoral stripes, who travelled for over five lakh kilometers through the length and width of the Rajasthan to the grassroots level and its return.
Pilot, who won his seat from Tonk with a margin of more than 54,000, has shown a level of maturity in successfully walking multiple a tightrope. Born on September 7, 1977, Pilot did a bachelor’s honors degree in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, going on to work with the Delhi Bureau of the BBC and then the General Motors Corporation. He completed an MBA from The Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania).
In 2017, Rahul Gandhi while taking over the reigns as party president, had assured the workers that he would make the Congress, the “new and the old” party, the criticism that the party in the senior leaders young talent overshadowing the party.
The choice of the CM and the Deputy CM in Rajasthan seems like a balancing act on part of Congress.