Ashok Gehlot:The leadership is unhappy with Ashok Gehlot for conspiring to embarrass. the Congress during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Sources say the 71-year-old Gandhi favorite’s refusal to step down. as Rajasthan chief minister has irked the leadership.
Ashok Gehlot was ousted as Congress president. following a revolt by more than 90 Rajasthan MLAs loyal to him. Leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge and Digvijaya Singh are in the leadership parigana.
The 71-year-old Gehlot had agreed to resign as chief minister. ahead of the election to the Congress president’s. post after Rahul Gandhi made it clear that he would not be allowed. dual status in view of the “one, one position” policy.
The regime change in Rajasthan was to be formally announced. at a meeting of MLAs at Gehlot’s residence on Sunday. attended by Ajay Maken and Mallikarjun Kharge.
But only 20 to 25 MLAs turned up for the meeting at Gehlot’s house. Most of the Congress MLAs attendeda separate meeting at minister Shanti Dhariwal’s house
After that meeting they went to the Speaker’s house in a special bus. and threatened to resign if Sachin Pilot. who contested against him in 2020, was made Chief Minister.
In public defiance of party president Sonia Gandhi. the MLAs refused to meet the two leaders personallyAjay Maken and Mallikarjun Kharge.
Conditions were laid down, including that the new chief minister would be chosen only. after the election of the Congress president. If Gehlot becomes Congress president. it would be a conflict of interest as he would be empowered to choose his own successor in Rajasthan.
The Congress leadership did not believe that 92 MLAs. would threaten mass resignation without Gehlot’s support. Although Gehlot apologized party leaders took. a “serious view” of indiscipline by one of its senior-most leaders.