Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot met with Congress president Sonia Gandhi immediately, reinforcing buzz that he’ll broaden his cupboard to finish a long-festering feud with rival Sachin Pilot. Yesterday, Congress leaders together with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had reportedly urged him to accommodate Sachin Pilot’s supporters in his ministry.
Mr Gehlot’s assembly with Sonia Gandhi was on “increasing the Rajasthan cupboard and appointing chairmen of state companies”, stated get together leaders.
Sources stated the Congress management desires the reshuffle to happen instantly, in step with a significant promise to Mr Pilot when he agreed to drop his rebel greater than a 12 months in the past.
In addition to Priyanka Gandhi, different Congress leaders like KC Venugopal and Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken had been current at a gathering at Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi the place Mr Gehlot was reminded concerning the long-delayed cupboard modifications.
Rahul Gandhi was not within the assembly.
Final 12 months, Mr Pilot camped in Delhi with 18 MLAs for weeks as he felt short-changed and sidelined by Mr Gehlot within the Rajasthan Congress.
In 2018, when the Congress received the Rajasthan election, Mr Pilot was credited with the get together’s win however needed to accept the put up of Mr Gehlot’s deputy.
His revolt introduced Mr Gehlot’s authorities to a near-collapse and triggered an intense numbers recreation wherein the Chief Minister sequestered MLAs loyal to him at a Jaipur resort.
Amid rumours that he was in talks with the BJP and will comply with the identical route as Jyotiraditya Scindia – one other Congress insurgent who switched to the BJP final 12 months — Mr Pilot pulled again from the brink after a gathering with all three Gandhis and accepted their provide of an improved share within the state authorities.
However his persistence has been examined vastly with Mr Gehlot sitting on the instructed modifications for a 12 months.
In September this 12 months, Mr Pilot — nonetheless eager on the highest job in Rajasthan — had extra conferences with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi. The Gandhis reportedly additionally need Mr Pilot to take cost of Gujarat forward of elections within the state subsequent 12 months.