19 Oct 2023

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot Said This About Leaving State's Top Post

Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday said he wants to leave the state's top post but the post is not leaving him and probably may not leave him. However, he acknowledged that the party's high command has shown trust in him by choosing him to lead the state on three occasions. Gehlot added that any future decisions made by the party leadership would be accepted by all.

Forgive and forget approach regarding rebellion

Gehlot, who faced a rebellion led by his rival Sachin Pilot in 2020, noted that he has embraced a "forgive and forget" approach and has moved past those events. He strongly criticized the recent raids conducted by the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax Department against opposition leaders, urging the prime minister's intervention to halt them immediately, citing the enforcement of the model code. He also called on the Election Commission to step in.

When asked about potential disagreements within the party regarding the allocation of party tickets, Gehlot emphasized that there are no divisions, and all decisions are made through unanimous agreement. Rajasthan's elections are scheduled for November 25, with the vote counting set to take place on December 3.

No internal conflicts within party: Gehlot

Ashok Gehlot also broke his silence regarding the reported internal conflicts within the Congress camp, which come at a time when the state polls are just over a month away.

Gehlot emphasized that all decisions are being made through consensus and highlighted his involvement in discussions concerning the supporters of Sachin Pilot. He contrasted the situation within the Congress with that of the BJP, asserting that everything is proceeding smoothly within their camp.

Addressing the issue of a few MLAs from his camp being denied tickets due to their alleged involvement in boycotting the party's legislature meeting in Jaipur last year, Gehlot explained that candidate selection is primarily based on their likelihood of winning the elections.

The seasoned Congress leader sought to dispel reports of factional politics within the party, asserting that Rajasthan legislators have historically maintained unity, with everyone receiving their fair share, and all members are collectively working towards success in the upcoming polls.

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