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Rajasthan polls: Religion big factor in Pokhran




Jaipur | Western Rajasthan’s Pokhran assembly constituency is set for a close fight on December 7 between a Hindu religious leader fielded by the BJP and son of Muslim ‘peer’ pitted against him by the Congress.

The BJP candidate, Pratap Puri, is the head of the Taratara ‘math’. The Congress’ Shale Mohammad is the son of Muslim religious leader Gazi Fakir, who has a large number of followers both within India and across the border in Pakistan.

Both Puri and Fakir hold considerable sway among their communities, making the Pokhran constituency in Jaisalmer district one of the state’s most hotly contested seats.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister and senior BJP leader Yogi Adityanath and Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address rallies in support of Puri and Mohammad, respectively, on Monday, setting the tone for the rest of the campaign in the region better known for the nuclear tests in 1998.

Puri expressed confidence that the BJP will win the Pokhran seat and blamed the Congress for making the contest “communal” by fielding a Muslim candidate against him.

Protection of Hindus and cows has always been an important issue, he said.

“Hindutva is in my veins and the party is going to win the election which has been made communal by the Congress by fielding a Muslim candidate against me,” the BJP candidate told PTI.

Religious leaders should be in politics for its purification, Puri (51), who hails from the influential Rajput community, said.

“The people are with the BJP because they have faith in the party’s policies and in leaders like Narendra Modi,” he said.

His Barmer-based ‘math’, which holds considerable influence in the entire Jodhpur division, is pulling out all stops to win over the electorate, conducting social and religious activities.

“We hold drug de-addiction camps, provide education to poor children and work for cow conservation, besides conducting several other social activities,” Puri said.

The Congress candidate, Mohammad, said his focus was core issues like drinking water and other basic amenities for people in Pokhran, which has a total electorate of 1.94 lakh.

“People here face difficulties in getting drinking water and fodder for cattle. The constituency lacks healthcare facilities and I am focusing on that,” he said.

Mohammad (41) had lost the 2013 assembly elections from the same seat to BJP’s Shaitan Singh with a margin of 34,444 votes.

Mohammad’s father, an octogenarian, boasts of a strong following in the Sindhi Muslim community and has several criminal cases against him.

There are an estimated 55,000 Muslim voters, 45,000-48,000 and Rajput voters in Pokhran. It also has around 35,000 Dalit voters, according to the candidates.

Pokhran is one of the two assembly constituencies of the desert district of Jaisalmer.

The second constituency, Jaisalmer, will also see a direct contest between BJP candidate Sang Singh Bhati and Congress’ Roopa Ram.

The BJP chose Sang Singh Bhati over its sitting MLA Chotu Singh Bhati, while the Congress has fielded Ram for the second time after 2013.

A total of 11 and 18 candidates are in the fray in Pokhran and Jaisalmer respectively.

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Supporters of Gehlot, Pilot break into celebrations




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Jaipur | Celebrations broke out among the supports of both Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot with the announcement of their appointment as chief minister and deputy chief minister of Rajasthan respectively. Firecrackers were burnt and jubilant supporters danced on the beating of drums as soon as confirmation of Gehlot’s appointment was made.

Since morning Gehlot supporters were camped in his civil lines residence here, waiting for the announcement.
From young to elderly, men and women, all were overenthusiastic and optimistic that Gehlot will be next chief minister and had put up hoardings and banners congratulating him on becoming the chief minister for the third time, even before the announcement.

“There was no doubt. We were saying this since yesterday that Ashok Gehlot will be the chief minister. He is experienced, mass leader and everyone connects with him so well,” a supporter of Gehlot told reporters. Supporters of Pilot were also celebrating his appointment as the deputy chief minister.

Pradesh Congres Committee (PCC) office was crowded with the party workers since afternoon. Elaborate security arrangements have been made outside the PCC and near the house of Pilot in Jalupura, a senior police official said.

The Congress on Friday named Gehlot as the state’s next chief minister and Pilot his deputy after party president Rahul Gandhi successfully brokered peace between the veteran leader and his younger colleague following several rounds of discussions.

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Congress appoints Ashok Gehlot as Rajasthan’s new Chief minister

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New Delhi | The Congress party today has announced that Ashok Gehlot will be the next CM of Rajasthan. Sachin pilot another frontrunner the CM’s race is been appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan. Veteran leader Gehlot will take oath as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan for the 3rd time.

Announcing the decision, KC Venugopal, All India Congress Committee observer for Rajasthan: said,” Congress President Rahul Gandhi has decided to appoint Ashok Gehlot Ji as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. Sachin Pilot will be the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan.”

Addressing media, Ashok Gehlot the new Chief Minister of Rajasthan said,”I thank everyone for this decision for giving me this opportunity to serve the people of Rajasthan.” Congress President Rahul Gandhi raised issues on employment, farmers and we will together deliver promises made by him,” he added.

Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister designate addressing the press conference thanked Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other legislators for the appointement of Ashok Gehlot as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan.

The Congress party had emerged as the single largest party with 99 seats in the Rajasthan assembly and with the support of BSP and other independent MLAs has staked claim for the government in Rajasthan.

The new CM of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot has won the assembly election from the Sardarpura constituency of Jodhpur is currently the national general secretary and in-charge of organizations and training of the Congress party. Gehlot was earlier the Chief Minister of Rajasthan from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2008 to 2013. He is considered as one of the progressive Chief Minister the state has ever witnessed.

Ashok Gehlot is a 5-time member of parliament from Rajasthan. And held ministerial positions in the cabinet of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Narasimha Rao.

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Rahul to hold fresh round of discussions with Rajasthan CM hopefuls Gehlot, Pilot





New Delhi | Congress president Rahul Gandhi is likely to hold a fresh round of discussions on Friday with Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, the two chief ministerial aspirants in Rajasthan, before taking a final call for the top post.  The decision of Rajasthan’s next chief minister is likely to be taken before noon and will be made public at a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in state capital Jaipur, sources said.

After several rounds of discussions that lasted till Thursday midnight, Congress veteran Gehlot has emerged as a front-runner for the top post, while Pradesh Congress Committee president Pilot is being placated in attempts to broker peace between the two.

Party’s central observer for Rajasthan K C Venugopal told PTI, “It is up to the Congress president to take a final call and the decision is being awaited.” Congress leaders feel once the MLAs in the state have authorised Gandhi to take a decision on the chief minister, leaders should not challenge the high command and accept the decision.

Pilot, 41, is still reported not on board on Gehlot’s name, which is delaying the announcement, the sources said. The PCC chief has put up a stiff resistance and his staking his own claim for the top post.

AICC general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan Avinash Pande told PTI,” Congress president heard everyone and after wide consultations, he will take the final decision which will be acceptable to all.”

Gandhi is likely to meet Pilot and Gehlot, 67, again at his residence in attempts to broker peace, as he did in the case of Madhya Pradesh where Kamal Nath was declared as the next chief minister amid hectic parleys held by the Congress chief with senior party leaders in the national capital Thursday night. The Congress leadership want Gehlot and Pilot to be present together at the CLP meeting.

Sources said the Congress top brass was upset with the manner in which party workers resorted to arson and violence in the state in a bid to exert pressure on the party to name Pilot. They said this the first time such incidents have been reported in Rajasthan and the party has taken the matter seriously.

The incidents of violence were reported in Jaipur, Dosa and other parts Thursday following which the Congress leadership asked both Pilot and Gehlot to issue an appeal for peace.

The party leaders feel the infighting in Rajasthan should end soon and called an amicable solution in the manner Jyotiraditya Scindia gracefully accepted the Congress’s decision in Madhya Pradesh.

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