Ashok Gehlot Announced The CM Of Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot Accepts Deputy's Post

Ashok Gehlot Announced The CM Of Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot Accepts Deputy

Ashok Gehlot Announced The CM Of Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot Accepts Deputy's Post 

New Delhi: The Congress party has announced Ashok Gehlot as the new Chief Minister of Rajasthan and Sachin Pilot has agreed to be his deputy. The announcement comes shortly after Rahul Gandhi dropped a big hint that the tussle between the two leaders was over. A photo featuring  Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot and himself was tweeted by the Congress president, with the caption: "The United Colours of Rajasthan". It was a replica of his photo to signal the Madhya Pradesh detente last evening. The Congress has been in firefighting mode since it scooped big BJP states Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in state election results on Tuesday.

Here's 10 points:

1. Over the past 36 hours, it took several rounds of meetings to bring Sachin Pilot,on board. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Rahul Gandhi's sister  was also present at one of the meetings.

2. The newly appointed chief minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot kept a low profile throughout the negotiations that went past midnight; he had his party's assurance that he was the top choice. He was called back from the airport twice as he attempted to take a flight back to Jaipur - he was told he could go only when he got Sachin Pilot to go with him, for the sake of unity.

3. Sources say that the Two-time chief minister Ashok Gehlot was a clear choice for the Congress ahead of the 2019 national elections. Upsetting someone like the 67-year-old master strategist by naming someone else for the top job was too big a risk for the party.

4. Sachin Pilot argued to his leaders that he moved to Rajasthan and took charge when there was "not even a shade of Congress grass in the desert state" in 2013, after the party was decimated to just 20 lawmakers in the 200-member assembly. His other argument was that another Congress state chief, Kamal Nath, had been made chief minister.

5. Yesterday, in a similar teaser tweeted by Rahul Gandhi, Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia flanked the Congress president, the caption quoting Leo Tolstoy: "The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." Hours later, Kamal Nath was named Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister. 

6. This morning, a group of protesters from the Gujjar community, which supports Sachin Pilot, blocked the highway at Alwar. There have been sporadic protests since Tuesday, after the Congress won Rajasthan.

7. Sachin Pilot appealed for "calm and decorum" last evening when a highway protest took place in Karauli. "I have full faith in the leadership, we will welcome whatever Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi decide," he tweeted.

8. Mr Gehlot was called back from the Delhi airport last night when he was about to fly back to Rajasthan capital Jaipur, apparently after being told he would be named chief minister.

9. The Congress president even consulted his mother Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka  for decision making.

10. The frontrunners, in the state of Chhattisgarh are TS Singh Deo and Bhupesh Baghel. According to the sources, Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel will probably get the job, although insiders say there is also considerable support for Mr Singh Deo.