Assembly election victory in three states – Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan – has brought in fresh headache for the Congress as the party is now struggling to pick chief ministers in these states. All eyes are now on Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has been entrusted by newly elected legislatures to select CMs for the three states. Rajasthan CM candidates Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot have flown to Delhi where they are currently meeting the party chief. Priyanka Gandhi is also present in the meeting.
Rahul Gandhi is also meeting observers appointed for the three states and other senior leaders and a decision is expected only after this meeting.
Top two CM contenders Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot have been summoned to New Delhi where they will meet Rahul Gandhi. The delay in decision has given rise to discontent among party cadres in Rajasthan. Supporters of Gehlot and Pilot clashed outside the party headquarters in Jaipur on Wednesday during a meeting of newly elected lawmakers to come a conclusion over the CM choice.
After a late night meeting, Pilot told waiting reporters that the process of getting the feedback was almost complete and the party high-command would take the final decision on Thursday.
He did not give any direct reply to a pointed question on whether he was ready to take the responsibility, saying “Let’s see, what happens”.