Jaipur. Congress leader Sachin Pilot met Assembly Speaker CP Joshi and several MLAs here on Friday. The meeting comes at a time when there is speculation about a change in the leadership post in the state government after Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced that he will contest for the post of Congress President. The pilot returned to Jaipur on Friday afternoon. Pilot met Speaker Joshi in his chamber in the assembly. Several other senior MLAs were also present there at that time.
According to party sources, Pilot is the frontrunner in the race for the post of Chief Minister, however, the name of Speaker Joshi is also being discussed. Joshi, a former state president of Congress, was in the race for the post of Chief Minister in 2008, but then he lost the assembly elections by one vote. The political ruckus suddenly intensified in Jaipur after Gehlot formally announced that he would fill the nomination papers for the post of Congress president, where the assembly session is being held. After staying out for three days, Gehlot returned to Jaipur on Friday evening with Congress state president Govind Singh Dotasra. They went straight from the airport to the Chief Minister’s residence.
Food Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said that if Chief Minister Gehlot files his nomination for the post of Congress President, then all the MLAs of Rajasthan will go there in his support as he is the Chief Minister and the leader of the Legislature Party. Deputy Chief Whip Mahendra Chaudhary said that we welcome the decision taken by the high command.
“When Gehlot files his nomination, if the MLAs are asked to go to Delhi at that time, we will go to Delhi,” he said. As per the announced schedule for the election of Congress President, the notification has been issued on September 22, the process of filing nominations will go on from September 24 to 30. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 8. If necessary, polling will be held on October 17 and results will be declared on October 19. (agency)