Ashok Gehlot to be Rajasthan’s next CM, Sachin Pilot to be deputy CM

DN Bureau

Ashok Gehlot will be Rajasthan’s next chief minister and Sachin Pilot the deputy chief minister, the Congress announced on Friday.


New Delhi: Ashok Gehlot will be Rajasthan’s next chief minister and Sachin Pilot the deputy chief minister, the Congress announced on Friday.

Following elaborate deliberations, the Congress decided to name Gehlot as the Chief Minister.

 

After Congress' observer to the state K C Venugopal made the announcement at a media briefing here, Gehlot thanked Gandhi for giving him an opportunity to serve the people of the state for the third time and promised that he and Pilot will give "good governance".

The result of the Assembly elections for Rajasthan was announced on Dec 11. Of the 199 seats that went for elections, Congress won 99 constituencies and BJP 73 only.

The 67-year-old leader is the third time chief minister of the state. He was chief minister in 1998-2003 and 2008-2013. Gehlot belongs to the Mali community.

He has been the General Secretary of the party, the third-in-command after party president Rahul Gandhi and treasurer Ahmed Patel.

Pilot exuded confidence that Congress' good electoral performance will continue, saying the party will get a big mandate in 2019 polls and form the government.
 

"We will meet the governor today and will decide on the details of the oath-taking ceremony," Venugopal said.

 

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