After Punjab, change of guard unlikely in Rajasthan
The changing of the guard in Punjab has stirred Congress over Rahul Gandhi’s intervention to patch cracks in states in trouble for the party, and Rajasthan may just be next in line.
India Today has learned that Rajasthan is likely to undergo a changing of the guard, but not anytime soon.
Sources in Congress told India Today that while the situation in the two states is not similar, the party may well take the Punjab route to eliminate anti-titularists in Rajasthan and present a new face ahead of the scheduled parliamentary elections. end of 2023..
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The change of leadership in Rajasthan could take around six months and will occur after the next parliamentary elections in all five states. What sparked speculation was a meeting between Sachin Pilot and Rahul Gandhi on September 17, the first since the Sachin rebellion last year.
Sachin Pilot, when contacted, declined to comment on the matter. However, a top congressional leader said some promises were made to Sachin Pilot when he was courted back into the party. It has been over a year since then and although many of his team have switched sides, it is more a matter of words spoken by the party’s high command.
Sachin Pilot has met Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on several occasions. She had helped to woo the young leader in the party with Ahmad Patel.
Rajsthan official Ajay Maken has already prepared a blueprint for a state government reshuffle and the party is waiting for Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to recover before any announcements are made. Ashok Gehlot has had heart surgery and is avoiding contact with the public.
The likely cabinet reshuffle would not see any drastic changes in government and would happen soon.
“You cannot compare the Punjab to Rajasthan. Ashok Gehlot has a considerable grip on MPs and is a popular leader,” sources said.
No wonder Gehlot is unwilling to cede much ground to Sachin Pilot, even on the orders of the party high command. However, a clearer and more significant change could probably occur after the Punjab and UP elections. The leadership was keen to focus on the immediate challenge ahead and a contact with Sachin Pilot was more to reassure him that the party had not forgotten him.
It is possible that Sachin Pilot will return as head of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congressional Committee (CPC) to begin with. Considering he was the only CCP leader not to have been appointed chief minister, unlike Kamal Nath, Bhupesh Baghel and even Captain Amarinder Singh, his supporters believe this might just be a good start to begin with.
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