Ashok Gehlot, the chief minister of Rajasthan, was disqualified from serving as Congress president after the Gandhis were angered by a mutiny by more than 90 Rajasthan MLAs who supported him. Now, candidates include politicians like Mallikarjun Kharge and Digvijaya Singh.
According to reliable sources, Gehlot’s scheme to overthrow the party during Rahul Gandhi’s “Bharat Jodo Yatra” has the Congress leadership in a rage. The leadership is displeased with the 71-year-old Gandhi favorite’s refusal to vacate his position as Chief Minister of Rajasthan, according to insiders.
Before being elected Congress president, Mr. Gehlot had already agreed to step down as Chief Minister after Rahul Gandhi made it plain that he would not be permitted to hold two positions due to the Congress’s “one person, one job” policy.
At a meeting of MLAs on Sunday at Mr. Gehlot’s house, the shift in Rajasthan was scheduled to be publicly proclaimed. Ajay Maken and Mallikarjun Kharge, who attended the conference as central observers, claimed that the Chief Minister chose the meeting’s time and location.
Only 20 to 25 MLAs did, however, attend Mr. Gehlot’s house. The majority of Congress MLAs went to a different gathering at the residence of Mr. Gehlot’s close friend and minister Shanti Dhariwal.
After that meeting, they boarded a special bus to the Speaker’s house where they vowed to resign if Mr. Gehlot’s opponent Sachin Pilot—who instigated the rebellion against him in 2020—became Chief Minister instead of him.
The MLAs publicly disobeyed party president Sonia Gandhi by refusing to meet with either of the two central leaders separately and presented demands that included selecting a new chief minister only after the Congress president election. Given that he would have the authority to choose his own successor in Rajasthan, Mr. Gehlot becoming the head of the Congress would be a conflict of interest.
Despite the fact that three ministers close to him organised the uprising, Mr. Gehlot denied taking part, claiming his morning visit to a shrine close to the Pakistan-India border where there was no phone service. “My hands are empty. The MLAs are furious “He informed the top management.