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#RaisinaUnderground: Gehlot’s Rs 9-crore push to keep Rajasthan

by | Sep 9, 2022 | India

Ashok Gehlot might think of the Congress president's post as a Hobbeson's choice. He does not want to let go of his Rajasthan fiefdom.

Chief minister Ashok Gehlot just doesn’t want to let go of Rajasthan. A little birdie told us that the Congress veteran has signed a Rs 9-crore deal with a leading media house. The media house will run positive stories about Gehlot and his government, emphasising how vital is he to the Congress’ fortunes in the western state.
If all goes to plan, he may even bag the award for the chief minister.

The PR push comes at a time when there is talk of Gehlot being shifted to Delhi as either the Congress president or the working president to keep the seat warm for Rahul Gandhi.

If he takes the top position in the Congress, his job in Rajasthan will go to Sachin Pilot, who has been waiting in the wings for a while.

The party leadership is worried that if Gehlot, a Gandhi loyalist, is not removed at the earliest, the Congress is staring at a debacle in the 2023 assembly elections.

But, Gehlot wants to keep Rajasthan even if he is made the party chief.

Age is just a number?

The Congress on September 8 appointed 78-year-old Delhi veteran Jai Prakash Agarwal as the party in-charge of Madhya Pradesh.

This means that the future of the Congress in Madhya Pradesh will be decided by three leaders who are 75 or above. State Congress president Kamal Nath and senior leader Digvijaya Singh are 75.
Wonder what happened to the Congress talk of injecting fresh blood and connecting with young voters.
The BJP, in contrast, forces those above 75 to retire or gives them an honourable exit by sending some of the seniors to the Margdarshak Mandal.
Not just age, the trio all has another thing in common—their sons are active in politics and they want to secure their future.

Singh’s son Jaivardhan Singh is an MLA from Raghogarh, and Nath’s son Nakul Nath is a Lok Sabha member from Chhindwara. Agarwal’s sons Mudit and Amit are active in Delhi politics.

This is in sharp contrast to the BJP, which forces all those above 75 years to retire and send some of them to the Margdarshak Mandal.

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