Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday said that the Congress’ high command will decide on the Cabinet reshuffle in Rajasthan. In this regard, Gehlot met Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi at 10 Janpath on Thursday. The meeting lasted for almost an hour.
Ashok Gehlot spoke on Cabinet expansion with the media persons today and said, “I have briefed the party’s high command about the current situation. The party high command will decide on the Cabinet reshuffle in Rajasthan. Ajay Maken (a state in charge) knows everything. We will accept whatever decision will be taken by the party high command. I just want good governance to continue in the state of Rajasthan.” The expected cabinet expansion will set a roadmap for the 2023 Assembly elections in the state.
On petrol and diesel price hike, Gehlot said “The Centre is calling the states and asking them to reduce the fuel prices. They are trying to make states compete with each other. If the Central government reduces the prices of petrol and diesel, it will eventually be reduced in the states.” A major reshuffle in Rajasthan is on the cards. Yesterday, Ashok Gehlot met with the Central leadership of the Congress party. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, KC Venugopal and Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken was present in the meeting.
A long brainstorm discussion was held between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Central leadership. According to sources, yesterday’s meeting was regarding a Cabinet reshuffle long pending in the state.
Ajay Maken yesterday said, “I believe that a lot of confusion has now been cleared and a future roadmap is being prepared.” Sources said that Sachin Pilot was in Delhi yesterday and met Congress general secretary KC Venugopal.
The inclusion of Pilot’s supporters in the Cabinet was a part of the peace formula worked out by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra last year when the Pilot faction was on the warpath.