Following the crisis in Rajasthan, CM Ashok Gehlot, who was considered as the front-runner in Congress president poll race, is no longer in the race. Sources said party top leadership is not keen on him filing nomination.
Congress in-charge for Rajasthan Ajay Maken on Monday slammed the MLAs loyal to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for setting conditions for a party resolution, terming it a “conflict of interest”, and Read More
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Sources said that status-quo will be maintained till Congress president election nominations. Decision on issuing of show cause notices to miffed MLAs, vocal in public, will be taken after interim chief takes action on report by Observers, they added.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur took a jibe at the Congress over its Rajasthan crisis, saying an “entertaining game” is going on in the state ruled by the grand old party. “While on one hand, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is going to fight the Congress presidential poll, on the other hand, he is trying to save his government as there is a conflict in the party about the next chief minister,” PTI quoted Thakur as saying.
Sonia Gandhi is not known to show her anger publicly, but those who know say that when she does, it means trouble and a determination to do whatever it takes. So when the observers went to meet her, it was an angry Congress president who confronted them. Sources say she expressed her displeasure and anger and asked, “How could he do this?” In a clear reference to Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, the top leadership is not keen to have him file his nomination papers for the party president polls. In fact, even if Gehlot wants to do it, many have made up their mind not to vote for him. READ MORE
Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath ruled himself out as a probable candidate for the party’s presidency even as he stepped in to troubleshoot the ongoing crisis in the party’s Rajasthan unit.
Asked if he was not interested in the post of Congress president, Kamal Nath told reporters, “I have no interest, I have come to Delhi for Navratri.”
Rajasthan Minister and Gehlot loyalist, Shanti Dhariwal said there was a conspiracy to remove Gehlot as the Rajasthan Chief Minister and general secretary in-charge Ajay Maken was a part of it.
#WATCH | “It was 100% a conspiracy to remove the CM (Ashok Gehlot) and general secretary incharge was a part of it. I am not talking about anyone else, no charge on Kharge but only the General Secretary incharge,” says #Rajasthan Minister & Gehlot loyalist, Shanti Dhariwal. pic.twitter.com/jsxG39AtXk
— ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2022
Sources said disciplinary action is being considered against Ashok Gehlot’s loyalists. Sonia Gandhi expressed disappointment and said never expected this from Gehlot and his supporters.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath met Sonia Gandhi at her 10 Janpath residence in New Delhi. Kamal Nath is likely to mediate in ongoing crisis in party’s Rajasthan unit, news agency ANI reported citing sources.
It should be asked from observers, we’ll see when they’ll take action. We can’t be afraid. I’ve signed the letter & many did it happily. Why should the letter come in the public domain: Rajasthan minister Ashok Chandna on AICC observers being miffed over meeting held before CLP pic.twitter.com/eigFmvgT88
— ANI MP/CG/Rajasthan (@ANI_MP_CG_RJ) September 26, 2022
Congress observer and Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken met party interim president Sonia Gandhi on Monday evening at her 10 Janpath residence in New Delhi amid a series of developments in Rajasthan, where a majority of the party MLAs have rebelled against Sachin Pilot and want Ashok Gehlot to continue as the chief minister. Maken hinted at “disciplinary” action Against Gehlot Loyalists. READ MORE
Congress observer and Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken said he will submit a detailed report regarding Rajasthan crisis to Sonia Gandhi by tonight.
After meeting Sonia Gandhi, Congress observer and Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken on Monday said that MLAs who are loyal to Ashok Gehlot want the next chief minister to be made from their camp.
“We had a detailed meeting with the Congress president. She asked for a detailed report on the entire incident. The meeting was fixed as per the convenience of Gehlot. Sonia ji had told us very clearly to speak to MLAs on a one to one basis and to submit the report. It was decided that decision will be made in Delhi,” Maken said.
“The MLAs demanded that a resolution should be passed that whoever is the next congress president should decide the next CM. This was a clear case of conflict of interest. They wanted us to speak to MLAs in group. We never speak to MLAs in group we speak individually. They also wanted next CM to be from Gehlot Camp. When party fixes MLA meet if parallel meet us organized then that is attracts disciplinary action. Same had been told to Sonia ji,” he said.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ridiculed Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot over the ongoing political drama, saying the two Congress leaders in their “struggle for power” have made “a mockery” of the people’s mandate.
“On one hand, the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ of Congress is in progress, and on the other, the MLAs of the party in Rajasthan are running ‘Vidhayak Todo Karyakram’ (programme to divide legislators),” AAP’s election in-charge for Rajasthan Vinay Mishra told PTI.
“Instead of ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, the Congress should first take out ‘Congress Jodo Yatra’ (a march to bring unity in party),” he added.
Congress’s chief whip in the Rajasthan Assembly Mahesh Joshi on Monday said the party MLAs have no objection to whoever is made the chief minister, but the final decision of the high-command should be agreeable to them. Meanwhile, a video purportedly of a meeting of the Congress MLAs loyal to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has surfaced. Minister Shanti Dhariwal, at whose residence the meeting took place, is heard saying in the video that the Congress will suffer losses if Gehlot is removed from the chief minister’s post, PTI reported.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot is no longer in the race for the post of Congress president. Tipped to be the next national president of the grand old party till at least Sunday, party sources said top leadership was not keen on him filing nomination for the post. The turn of events on Monday came after Rajasthan witnessed a late-night political drama the day before that threatened to plunge the state government into a crisis. Majority of the party’s legislators, all loyal to Gehlot, threatened to resign from their assembly membership over buzz that rebel Sachin Pilot will be CM if their leader becomes party president. Read More
Following the crisis in Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot is no longer in race for Congress president. Sources said party top leadership is not keen on him filing nomination.
Congress observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken recommended said Gehlot should be out of race for party president, sources said.
Congress observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken, in their report, will mention sequence of events and recommend disciplinary action also against some MLAs, said sources.
AICC observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken will submit a report to party president Sonia Gandhi on the Rajasthan crisis.
The final decision will be taken by Sonia Gandhi, said Kharge.
AICC observer and Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken reached Delhi on Monday afternoon. AICC observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken, who had waited in vain for all legislators to arrive for the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting on Sunday, were trying to persuade Gehlot loyalists to meet them one by one in an effort to defuse the political crisis.
The observers are likely to submit a report on the matter to Sonia Gandhi, according to PTI.
BJP MP Jagdambika Pal took at a jibe at Congress over Rajasthan crisis, saying it is not a party anymore, it is a circus. “I think the dream of Congress-mukt Bharat will be fulfilled by the Congress leaders themselves,” said Pal, who resigned from Congress in 2014 and later joined the BJP.
The Congress is likely to send show cause notices to Gehlot loyalists including state minister Shanti Dhariwal, sources said. The top leadership is upset with Gehlot loyalists as they skipped meeting with Congress observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken earlier today. The two observers are expected to meet Sonia Gandhi on Monday. Gehlot loyalists have conveyed their demands to the observers, stressing that the next CM should be chosen after October 19 when the presidential polls for the party are over.
The Congress government in Rajasthan plunged into a crisis as over 90 MLAs loyal to Ashok Gehlot submitted their resignation letters over a possible move to appoint Sachin Pilot as the next CM. The Gehlot loyalists headed to Speaker CP Joshi’s home after a long meeting in the evening at minister Shanti Dhariwal’s residence, saying they were resigning as MLAs. The MLAs will meet AICC observers Ajay Maken and Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday.
All this while, at the chief minister’s home, Gehlot and Congress observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken waited for all legislators to arrive for the CLP meeting on Sunday. Pilot and his supporters came but the meeting was a washout.
Gehlot loyalists claimed that over 90 MLAs went to Joshi’s home, but the number could not be verified independently. The Congress has 108 MLAs in the House of 200. There was no word from the Speaker’s office on the resignation letters.
Late at night, there were efforts by Kharge and Maken to persuade Gehlot loyalists to meet them one on one, if not as part of the planned MLAs’ meeting. Ministers Shanti Dhariwal, Pratap Singh Khachariyawas and Mahesh Joshi, along with CM Gehlot’s advisor Sanyam Lodha met the AICC observers, but the standoff continued.
On their return, sources said, they told the other loyalists that they had put forth three conditions. They wanted the decision on the next CM to be left till after the Congress organisational election and stressed that Gehlot should have a say in picking the new CM who should be someone who stood by the veteran leader during the rebellion by Pilot supporters in 2020.
Around midnight, the loyalists began dispersing from Joshi’s home. We have submitted our resignation and are now going home. The MLAs want that any decision on the CM’s should be taken only after the election of the party’s national president, minister Govind Ram Meghwal said.
The loyalists said the views of MLAs should be taken into account. Later, whatever decision taken by the high command will be accepted, independent MLA Babulal Nagar said.
The aborted CLP meeting was seen as crucial step ahead of Gehlot filing his nomination for the Congress president’s post, amid speculation that the former deputy chief minister Pilot will take his place in the state. Gehlot, seen by many as a reluctant candidate for the top party position, initially appeared unwilling to give up his CM’s post. Later, it was speculated that he would rather see C P Joshi — or anyone else — as CM rather than Pilot, who had rebelled against his leadership.