After securing a win in Rajasthan, Congress faced the dilemma of choosing a Chief Minister in the state. With two strong candidates in the fray, Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot and AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot, Congress’ decision on the top job was delayed. But after much deliberation, -- was finally named as Rajasthan CM.
Here’s why Rahul Gandhi and Congress chose -- to take on the responsibility of the largest Indian state.
Ashok gehlot is a veteran Congess leader, who has served as Rajasthan CM for two terms in 1998-2003 and 2008-2013.
Gehlot has been loyal to party high command and he has political and administrative experience.
More importantly, he has the ability to run a coalition in the state. It is believed that Gehlot has good rapport with independent MLAs and rebel candidates. And since Congress did not comfortably clear the majority mark of 101 seats, the party preferred to promote the veteran to the top job to run a tight ship in Rajasthan.
It is believed that Congress lacks structure and Gehlot brings organizational skills with him to the table.
Gehlot is also capable to gather good support for Congress in state for 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Gehlot’s selection also indicates that Congress is looking to recharge its traditional vote bank. He also proved his mettle in Gujarat, where he was selected coordinate the party's election campaign.