Ending the friction between the party big-wigs, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, Congress releases its list of 152 candidates for Rajasthan Polls. There was a news of rift between these stalwarts. The list denied all these speculations and fielded both of them. The poll will take place on December 7.
Ending the suspense over its candidates, the party fielded veteran leaders Ashok Gehlot from Sardarpura, while Sachin Pilot has been given a ticket from Tonk. Another stalwart, CP Joshi, has been fielded from Nathdwara.
In an attempt to placate competing factions in its Rajasthan unit, the Congress had decided to field both chief ministerial aspirants Gehlot and Pilot in the assembly elections. The rift between the state leaders was due to ambition of becoming the chief minister. The Congress high command had to intervene after a section in the party pressed that the Madhya Pradesh formula of not fielding top leadership be emulated in Rajasthan.
Gehlot tried to play down the rift within and said the party high command decides on who will lead the Congress. Thus, indicated that the hierarchy and the order from the high command would be followed. “We have said many times that whatever Rahul Gandhi decides on CM, we will abide by that. It’s a tradition for Congress in Rajasthan to not declare CM before elections,” he said.
The party also rewarded deserters such as Harish Meena and Habibur Rahman, who had switched over from the BJP. The turncoats are rewarded with seats to contest in the Assembly Polls. Habibur Rahman, MLA from Nagaur, joined the Congress on Wednesday. He quit BJP as they denied him a ticket. The same day, Dausa MP Harish Chandra Meena joined Congress. While Meena has been fielded from Deoli Unaira, Rahman has been given a ticket from Nagaur. Kanhaiyalal Jhanwar, who joined the Congress on Thursday night, was also given a ticket from Bikaner East.
The strife for power on 200 seats will take start from 7th December.

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