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 is leading in two BJP-ruled heartland states — Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh — as votes get counted for the assembly election billed as the semi-final before next year’s national polls. In Madhya Pradesh, it is locked in a tough fight with the BJP. But the party is trailing in Mizoram, a state it rules. The ruling TRS looks set to retain Telangana comfortably. The results in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are likely to have an impact on the elections due early next year. For the ruling BJP, itRead 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.
Pitted against the BJP’s lone Muslim candidate in the state assembly polls, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot has a poser for BJP – Will Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath come to Tonk to seek votes for Yoonus Khan. On his (Sachin Pilot) campaign trail covering nine Panchayats and the city throughout Wednesday. Mr Pilot accused BJP of playing politics of caste and religion. In his campaign speeches one after another in Tonk, Mr Pilot is pitching his electoral contest with Mr Khan as a battle of ideologies and not of individuals. TheRead More
Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018: Congress breaks 46-year-old tradition by fielding Sachin Pilot from Tonk
As a child, Sachin Pilot often visited a temple of Devnarayan, worshipped by the Gujjars as an incarnation of Vishnu, in Tonk district with his father, Rajesh Pilot. In September this year, he took his two sons, Aaran and Vehaan, to the temple known as Dev Dham Jodhpuriya. Little aware that two months later, it will be Tonk from where he will contest his first Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018 . The party’s decision to field the 41-year-old president of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee from Tonk has broken the 46-year-oldRead More