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Vasundhara Raje neglected Jodhpur as it is my hometown: Ashok Gehlot

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Jodhpur | Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot Wednesday apologised to the people of Jodhpur for lack of development and said it was neglected by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje as he hails from the district. He appealed to the people to teach Raje a lesson.

“She (Raje) did not do any development work in the entire Marwar region, especially in Jodhpur, because I belong to Jodhpur. I tender my apology for being the reason for this neglect,” the former Rajasthan chief minister said.

Speaking about the rebellion within the Congress over ticket distribution for the December 7 assembly polls, Gehlot said the party will be able to placate the rebels. “We call upon all the rebels to withdraw their nominations in favour of the party as well as the country,” he said. He assured that deserving workers will be given place in the party and government after the election.

New and young candidates have been given tickets by the Congress keeping in mind the party’s future, he added. “These young leaders would be working closely with the senior and veteran leaders of the party,” the Congress leader said. Gehlot filed his nomination for Sardarpura seat on Monday.

Reportedly, his nomination papers showed that his assets have increased 10 times in 10 years. Gehlot said the growth was due to the rise in the prices of property. “This property is what I received as my share in the parental property. Due to a spurt in the property prices, it has become so expensive,” he said.

He lashed out at the BJP and said it was misleading them by saying that he had turned a “karorpati” (millionaire). He said he had given the details of his assets honestly.

“This was a natural rise. I did not do anything. In all these years, neither did I purchase any jewellery nor any piece of land. I had purchased one house in 1990 for Rs 90,000 and one in Jaipur for Rs 9 lakh and it is in a bad state,” Gehlot said.

The Congress leader is on a campaign trail in Jodhpur and has inaugurated candidates’ election offices here and in Soorsagar over the last three days.

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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

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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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