Ashok Gehlot And Sachin Pilot To Meet Congress Top Leadership In Delhi, Days After Gehlot's 'People Wanted Me As CM' Remark

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Days after Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's controversial remarks on his chief ministership, both Gehlot and his deputy CM Sachin Pilot are set to meet party leadership on Saturday in the national capital- Delhi, as per sources.

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:

Days after Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's controversial remarks on his chief ministership, both Gehlot and his deputy CM Sachin Pilot are set to meet party leadership on Saturday in the national capital- Delhi, as per sources.

Sources have further reported that Pilot is upset with Gehlot's remark - 'People wanted to see me as CM' and thus has reached out to the top brass to allegedly resolve this issue between him and Gehlot.

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'I deserved to become the chief minister'

Earlier on Thursday, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot had said that he was CM  because he deserved it. Without mentioning Pilot, who is now the deputy chief minister, Gehlot said Rahul Gandhi picked him for the post as villagers wanted only him there.

"Mera CM banna banta tha (I deserved to become the chief minister)," Gehlot said at a press conference after presenting the state Budget adding It was clear by name who should become the CM and who should not. Respecting the public sentiments, Rahul Gandhi as the Congress president gave me the chance."

Gehlot and Pilot were in the race for the post after the party won the assembly elections in December last year. After days of intense deliberations in Delhi, the Congress named Gehlot as the chief minister and Pilot as his deputy.

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Next Congress president saga

Meanwhile Congress is facing leadership at the national crisis,  since Rahul Gandhi offered his resignation as Congress Chief during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on May 25, as the Congress managed to secure only 52 seats in the recent Lok Sabha elections which also saw Gandhi lose his bastion -Amethi, to BJP leader Smriti Irani. 

While Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh called for a young leader, some of the old guard comprising of P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot have been skeptical to choose a young leader preferring a 'Gandhi loyalist' to take over as the party president.

Following this call by Singh, General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia took to Twitter and announced his resignation from the post taking responsibility for the Lok Sabha loss. Similarly,  Congress Mumbai chief Milind Deora also issued his resignation saying that he was looking forward to playing a national role in Delhi, stirring speculations over his entry in the race for the top post of the president of the Congress party. 48-year-old Jyotiraditya Scindia and 41-year-old Sachin Pilot are the front runners for the post, as per sources.

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