Bhopal: After securing big wins in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and emerging as the largest party in Madhya Pradesh, the party is expected to announce the names of the next chief ministers in the three states on Thursday. Congress President Rahul will take the final call in the matter.
Rahul Gandhi held talks with the party’s central observers in the states, who gave him inputs on the views of the newly-elected legislators in the three states. Rahul held separate meetings with Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, the two chief ministerial aspirants for Rajasthan, besides meeting Jyotiraditya Scindia, one of the frontrunners for the post of Madhya Pradesh chief minister.
While leaving Rahul Gandhi’s residence, Jyotiraditya Scindia said, “It is not a race, it is not about ‘kursi’ (chair), we are here to serve the people of Madhya Pradesh. I am leaving for Bhopal and you will get to know the decision today.”
Congress leader Kamal Nath leaves Rahul Gandhi’s residence. “I am leaving for Bhopal, MLAs meeting will be held there and we will announce the chief minister name after that,” says the Congress leader.
Suspense over Madhya Pradesh chief minister continues. The state Congress Legislative Party meeting has been further postponed to 10 pm today (Thursday). Gehlot, who was on his way to Jaipur, was asked to return from the airport by Rahul Gandhi.
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said that the decision on the CMs will be announced soon. “There is nothing to worry. Just wait, the decision has to be taken on CMs of three states so naturally, it takes time. Party president will take a call. I appeal to workers to maintain calm, they have worked very hard, whatever decisions will be taken will be binding on all. Rahul is talking to and consulting all leaders,” says Gehlot. Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath reaches the residence of Rahul Gandhi where Jyotiraditya Scindia is already present.
Amid conflicts over Rajasthan chief minister, sources say that Rahul Gandhi wants Sachin Pilot as chief minister and Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are in support of Ashok Gehlot.