New Delhi: Emerging as the single-largest party in Rajasthan after the assembly election with 99 seats, the Congress has claimed its stake to form the government in the state. However, the party is yet to decide its chief ministerial candidate. According to the senior leaders of the party, the Congress president, Rahul Gandhi, will decide who will be the chief minister between the two frontrunners for the post – state Congress president Sachin Pilot and former chief minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot.
The supporters of both Pilot and Gehlot gathered at the Congress headquarters in Jaipur and shouted slogans in support of their respective leader.
While extending support to the Congress party to form a government in the state, six independent MLAs have declared that they are ready to lend support to the Congress only if Gehlot is made the chief minister. Independent MLAs including Ramkesh Meena, Babulal Nagar, Laxman Meena and Raj Kumar Gaur have met Gehlot at his residence.
Interestingly, the Congress can now form the government with support of the Bahujan Samaj Party. BSP chief Mayawati has announced, on Wednesday, that the party is ready to support Congress if required.