Newly inducted Rajasthan ministers have been allocated portfolios, with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot assigning nine departments, including the key finance and home, to himself. According to the orders issued by the Cabinet Secretariat here, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot has been given the charge of public works, rural development, panchayati raj, science and technology and statistics departments. Apart from the chief minister and his deputy, 13 cabinet and 10 ministers of state were allocated portfolios by Governor Kalyan Singh late on Wednesday night on the advice of Gehlot. The 23Read More
The Congress has won most of the Assembly constituencies along the Narmada, veteran party leader. Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh told ET in an exclusive interview, emphasising the importance of his Narmada ‘parikrama’ which he had termed a spiritual journey. “Although my Narmada parikrama was an absolutely non-political journey, we won most of the seats along the Narmada,” Singh said, after the Congress wrested the state from the BJP in the closest election fought in the country so far. As someone who worked in the background, campaigned extensivelyRead More
Rajasthan is set to follow its tradition of throwing out the incumbent government according to the exit polls on Friday, after the end of voting for five state elections. The results will be announced on Tuesday, December 11 in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram. An aggregate of exit polls gives the BJP 78 and the Congress 112 of 199 seats that went to polls in Rajasthan. Any of one party has to win 100 to form the government in the state Rajasthan. Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh directly challenging Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje Besides anti-incumbency, the BJP suffered a series of high-profile exits before the elections and its founder-member Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh, who is directly challenging Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje of the BJP in her constituency Jhalrapatan. If the Congress will wins, then they will be forced to confront an issue it has been putting off for months – its chief ministerial candidate. The party’s old warhorse Ashok Gehlot, a former CM of Rajasthan, has a rival for the top post – state Congress chief Sachin Pilot. “The high command will decide who will be Chief Minister,” Ashok Gehlot told, calling questions on Sachin Pilot’s credentials for the top job “hypothetical”. Sachin Pilot asked the same question, he said “I don’t know, My job was to win and we did. I really think I am a fortunate party president for getting the support to all Rajasthani leaders and workers. For 70 years it has been the tradition that elected lawmakers to choose the CM. Last month, they all addressed a joint press conference to announce that both of them would fight the polls. Who among the two would contest the election had been the subject for much speculation. As both were seen as the Cong. candidates for CM. The party was seen to be reluctant to field one of them if only to avoid the inevitable tussle for the Chief Minister’s post.
Rajasthan assembly elections 2018: Sachin Pilot , Ashok Gehlot among 152 in Congress first list of candidates
Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and state Congress chief Sachin Pilot figured in the party’s first list of 152 candidates for the Rajasthan assembly elections released late Thursday night. Gehlot will contest from his traditional Sadarpura constituency in Jodhpur and Sachin Pilot from Tonk Other senior leaders in the list include former Union ministers CP Joshi from Nathdwara (Udaipur) and Girija Vyas from Udaipur. And also leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi from Nokha (Bikaner). A twice Member of Parliament from Dausa (2004) and Ajmer (2009), Sachin Pilot will beRead More