Congress presidential elections: Ashok Gehlot, who has emerged as a major contender in the race for the post of Congress President, does not want to give up the post of Chief Minister of Rajasthan. Gehlot is scheduled to reach Delhi on September 25 and is expected to file his nomination for the post of Congress president between September 26 and 28. Meanwhile, the supporters of Gehlot have started advocating for the Kejriwal model. Arvind Kejriwal has held the post of Chief Minister of Delhi as well as the responsibility of the head of the party. Supporters argue that like Kejriwal, Gehlot can also handle this dual responsibility.
According to informed sources, Gehlot is apprehensive that his rival Sachin Pilot may emerge stronger after leaving the post of Chief Minister. That is why Gehlot does not want to leave the chair of Rajasthan CM. A senior state minister, who is considered a supporter of Gehlot, has openly said that Gehlot will not leave Rajasthan.
Will not leave the post of CM of Rajasthan
With the date of nomination for the post of President approaching, the political activities in Rajasthan have intensified. The pro-Gehlot camp seems to be quite active these days. Sources close to Gehlot say that he does not want to leave the post of Rajasthan Chief Minister under any circumstances. He has also discussed with the party high command in this regard. Senior state minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas says that Gehlot has made it clear that he will not leave Rajasthan.
By the way, Gehlot’s name has been in discussions for the post of Congress President for a long time. It was only after Gehlot’s meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi that the matter of his candidature came to the fore. Gehlot’s proposed visit to Delhi is also being linked to his presidential nomination. However, Gehlot has not yet given any open statement on this issue.
Advocating dual responsibility like Kejriwal
In the event of Gehlot’s nomination for the post of Congress President, the Kejriwal model is being advocated by his supporters. His supporters say that he will continue to hold the responsibility of the post of Chief Minister of Rajasthan along with the party chief. This dual responsibility is being called the Kejriwal model. It is noteworthy that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also held the post of the head of the party along with the chair of CM. It is being claimed from the supporters of Gehlot that Gehlot can also handle dual responsibility like Kejriwal.
Gehlot is considered to have a strong hold on the Rajasthan Congress and he has also shown his strength from time to time. In 2020, even during the rebellion of many Congress MLAs led by Sachin Pilot, he had shown the magic of saving his government in Rajasthan. Even during the recently held Rajya Sabha elections, he was able to win all three outside Congress candidates. Gehlot’s political juggernaut had dealt a blow to the BJP.
Gehlot is harassed by the fear of this
In fact, Gehlot does not want to leave Rajasthan due to the increasing challenges of the Sachin Pilot camp in the current political situation. According to political experts, Sachin Pilot will emerge as a strong contender if Gehlot leaves Rajasthan and this is not acceptable to Gehlot. The Sachin camp has increased activism in recent times and there is a demand from his supporters for the coronation of Sachin as the new Chief Minister.
Sources close to Gehlot say that he has made it clear to the party leadership that after assuming the post of Chief Minister and party chief of Rajasthan for some time, if he comes fully into national politics, then only one of his supporters should be given the command of the state. . If this thing is not accepted by the high command, then they want to assume dual responsibility till the next assembly elections in Rajasthan.