One year on, political upheaval in Rajasthan Congress yet to be resolved

Jaipur: Last year on July 12, 2020, politics in Rajasthan gained momentum after Sachin Pilot received support of 30 MLA's, making Ashok Gehlot lose majority. Pilot had to lose his post of Deputy CM and PCC chief. Three of his loyalist ministers had to lose their posts. One year since, factionalism deepens in the party and the war of words between the factions continue.

Chief Minister and veteran leader of Congress Ashok Gehlot who is known for his political acumen had faced this kind of political crisis for the first time in all his terms as CM of the state. Although he managed to get rid of it and was able to get the vote of confidence in the assembly on August 14th 2020, things are yet to get normal in the party.

The political turmoil had surfaced on the issues of political appointments, cabinet expansion and expansion of party organization. A coordination committee was constituted consisting of senior leaders of party high command but it has yielded nothing. Sachin Pilot's statement regarding this had started the current political drama of statements and counter statements and a series of meetings of different groups.

Although some block-level political appointments have started and the party executive has also been formed, but key appointments in the government and party like chairmen of boards, corporations and commissions and district party presidents are still to be decided.

The in-charge general secretary Ajai Makan was in Jaipur last week and conducted marathon meetings with CM Gehlot on pending issues but the results of those meetings are still awaited. While leaving for Delhi Makan had nothing but just an assurance that "We are discussing and everything will be done with the consent of all".

On the other hand, just after the meetings, CM Gehlot ordered the lifting of the ban on transfers of the government employees for one month and the cabinet had resolved the creation of a legislative council in the state.

Sources in the party say that these two decisions show that the issues may take some more time to be settled as transfers of government employees in the state are done solely by the ministers on the recommendations of MLAs, so ministers and MLAs will get busy for one month.

In the meantime process of elections of Panchyat Raj bodies in 12 districts is also about to begin and elections dates may be announced at any time and the model code of conduct will come in effect in these districts.

So things are still pending but dissident leader Sachin Pilot had shown full faith in Ajai Makan and had said "I have full faith in what Makan has said as he is a responsible person working for the organization".

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