Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot met with Congress president Sonia Gandhi right now, reinforcing buzz that he’ll increase 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 celebration leaders.
Sources stated the Congress management needs the reshuffle to happen instantly, consistent with a serious promise to Mr Pilot when he agreed to drop his rise up 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 have been current at a gathering at Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi the place Mr Gehlot was reminded in regards to 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 gained the Rajasthan election, Mr Pilot was credited with the celebration’s win however needed to accept the publish of Mr Gehlot’s deputy.
His revolt introduced Mr Gehlot’s authorities to a near-collapse and triggered an intense numbers sport during which the Chief Minister sequestered MLAs loyal to him at a Jaipur resort.
Amid rumours that he was in talks with the BJP and will observe 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 supply of an improved share within the state authorities.
However his persistence has been examined significantly with Mr Gehlot sitting on the advised 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.