Rajasthan Congress leader Ashok Gehlot leaves for party President Rahul Gandhis residence in New Delhi (Source: PTI)

Ashok Gehlot To Be Rajasthan Chief Minister

Senior leader Ashok Gehlot will return as the chief minister of Rajasthan after the Congress party snatched the desert state back from the Bharatiya Janata Party in the recent assembly elections.

The decision was taken by Congress President Rahul Gandhi after two days of discussions and consultations with other senior leaders, Gehlot and the other contender Sachin Pilot, who will now be the deputy chief minister.

Gandhi, for whom this is being called as a leadership test, met Pilot and Gehlot at least thrice since Thursday. Yesterday, he chose nine-time parliamentarian Kamal Nath as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.

Gehlot, 67, was earlier the chief minister of Rajasthan twice—1998-2003 and 2008-2013. He won from the Sardarpura seat in his home district Jodhpur.

He is a five-time Parliamentarian who has also served as a union minister for tourism and civil aviation, a union minister of state for textiles and as a deputy sports minister. He is also the general secretary of the All India Congress Committee.