New Delhi: Two days after the assembly election results were declared, Ashok Gelhot has been named as new chief minister of Rajasthan. The decision has come after Gelhot, along with the state Congress chief Sachin Pilot, met Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi, on Thursday. This is Gehlot’s third stint as the chief minister of Rajasthan.
While confirming the important decision taken by the party, All India Congress Committee observer for Rajasthan KC Venugopal said, “Congress President Rahul Gandhi has decided to appoint Ashok Gehlot ji as the chief minister of Rajasthan. Sachin Pilot will be the deputy chief minister of Rajasthan.”
Gehlot, while accepting the party high command’s decision, has thanked Rahul Gandhi and party leaders for giving him opportunity to serve people of Rajasthan. Expressing his gratitude to Gandhi and the Congress, Gehlot tweeted (in Hindi): “I am thankful to Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders for providing me with another opportunity to serve the people of Rajasthan.”
हम जिन मुद्दों को लेकर चले थे। राहुल जी ने इलेक्शन कैम्पेन में किसानों, युवाओं की बात की, जो कुशासन प्रदेश में 5 साल चला उस की बात की और जनता को विश्वास दिलाया कि हमारी गवर्नमेंट आएगी, सुशासन देगी, किसानों के कर्जे माफ़ होंगे, युवाओं को रोजगार मिलेगा, जन समस्याओं की सुनवाई होगी।— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) December 14, 2018
It was reportedly tough decision for Rahul Gandhi to choose experience over youth. Sachin Pilot was also in the race for the chief minister’s post all the way through until Gehlot entered the poll fray at a late stage. Also, Pilot has a huge support in the state.
Talking to reporters, Pilot said, “I would like to thank Rahul Gandhi and other legislators for taking this decision to make Ashok Gehlot ji the chief minister of Rajasthan. Together, we will form the government.”
Soon-to-be chief minister Gehlot, 67, has had a strong political career. A science and law graduate with a master’s degree in economics, Gelhot has been a five-time member of Parliament, three-time central minister, two-time AICC general secretary and two-time chief minister of Rajasthan.