22 Dec 2023

Rajasthan Congress: Why tussle between Gehlot, Sachin Pilot continues even after defeat in state elections

Following Congress's defeat in Rajasthan, organizational decisions are now in the pipeline. The first crucial decision revolves around selecting the Leader of the Opposition in the House, with several senior party leaders being considered. 

Notable figures in contention include former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, Harish Chaudhary, Congress State President Govind Singh Dotasra, and CWC member Mahendrajeet Malviya. The party's approval of one of these leaders for the post is eagerly awaited.

Subsequently, after the appointment to this post, there is a possibility of change in the state president of the party also. This is because if any leader other than Malviya, who comes from the tribal community, is made PCC Chief, then formula of social engineering will have to be seen. In such a situation, OBC will not be given a chance for the post of organization head.

Tussle over leader of Opposition 

Post-election loss, internal deliberations persist within the party, particularly concerning the Leader of Opposition. The tug-of-war extends from Delhi to Jaipur, with reports indicating conflicts between the groups aligned with former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot over this position. 

There is internal news that the groups of both former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Pilot are at loggerheads over this post also. This means that after the departure of the government, the tussle over the opposition leader also continues. Both the groups want to make a leader close to them the leader of the opposition. 

There are discussions that Sachin Pilot himself is not interested in this post. But Pilot wants Harish Chaudhary to become the leader of the opposition. At the same time, Gehlot wants that either Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya or Govind Singh Dotasra should be made the leader of the opposition. The organization faces the task of making a decision, and clarity on the matter is expected in the next two to three days.

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