Rajasthan Reshuffle: Cong management asserts itself with rejig, sends indicators to Gehlot, Pilot

After the management change in Punjab, the enlargement of the Ashok Gehlot Cabinet in Rajasthan is one more occasion of a decisive intervention by the Congress excessive command. And the reshuffle has a number of messages to all of the stakeholders. Now it’s as much as the leaders how they select to learn the indicators.

The first and maybe an important message is to the veteran Gehlot — that working of the federal government can’t be a one-man present. His wings are definitely not clipped however by nudging him to broaden the Cabinet by guaranteeing a adequate illustration to these near his bete noire Sachin Pilot, by preserving the Independents who’re near him out, the excessive command has made it clear that its writ ought to run.

On the opposite hand, the enlargement isn’t Pilot-centric both. In the whole council of ministers, solely 5 are his loyalists. That ought to make Gehlot completely happy. But by laying stress on sizable illustration for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes within the council of ministers, the excessive command ensured that each Gehlot and Pilot had been boxed right into a nook.

Moreover, the excessive command has tried to create a brand new management. Although the Rajasthan Congress story will nonetheless revolve round Gehlot and Pilot, the management, by giving vital organisational roles to Raghu Sharma, a Brahmin, Harish Chaudhary and Govind Singh Dotasra, each from the Jat group, and Bhanwar Jitender Singh, a Rajput, has thrown extra leaders from various backgrounds into the combination. Singh is AICC answerable for Assam.

Gehlot was initially stated to be reluctant to induct Pilot loyalists. “But we did not need to force him. After two meetings with high command leaders last month, Gehlot got the signal. He understood the mind of the high command. Unlike Amarinder Singh, Gehlot is an organisational man, risen to the top through the ranks. In fact, he was at the airport when Ajay Maken landed in Jaipur a couple of days ago with the mandate to execute the reshuffle,” a frontrunner stated.

“Gehlot is not Amarinder and Sachin is not (Navjot Singh) Sidhu. There is a difference. Gehlot is not temperamental like Captain. And knows the virtues of patience and silence,” one other chief stated.

Party leaders level out that not even a single MLA who was near Amarinder has give up the occasion up to now. “Not even some of the MPs who were very local in supporting Captain… that has also emboldened the high command,” a frontrunner stated.

But be it in Punjab, Rajasthan or Kerala, the excessive command is slowly beginning to assert itself once more. In Kerala, it didn’t waste time handing over the reins of the occasion after the shock defeat within the Assembly elections to a brand new management, a lot to the chagrin of veterans Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala.

The induction of Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mewani too is seen as a gambit by the excessive command. The occasion’s Bihar management was probably not proud of the entry of Kumar nevertheless it had little choice however to simply accept it.

Earlier, it had appointed firebrand chief A Revanth Reddy, who joined the Congress in 2017 because the president of Telangana Congress, overlooking the claims of established leaders like former PCC chiefs V Hanumantha Rao and Ponnala Lakshmaiah to Lok Sabha MP Komatireddy Venkata Reddy, CLP chief Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, working president Ponnam Prabhakar and MLAs T Jeevan Reddy and D Sridhar Babu.

In February, the occasion appointed former BJP MP Nana Patole as president of its Maharashtra unit. Patole, who began his political profession with the Congress three many years in the past, returned to the occasion solely in 2018.

What is attention-grabbing to look at now would be the strikes of the excessive command in one other occasion dominated state – Chhattisgarh – the place a management tussle had been simmering for lengthy. As of now, the excessive command seems to be backing Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.

He has been appointed particular observer for overseeing the occasion’s marketing campaign in Uttar Pradesh however leaders really feel the excessive command must settle the dispute a method or different ahead of later. Unlike in Punjab and very similar to Rajasthan, the Chief Minister has the help of nearly all of the MLAs.