After resolving the dispute of the Punjab unit of Congress, now it is the turn of Rajasthan. Efforts have intensified here to end the long-running conflict within the party. Under this exercise, party’s organization general secretary KC Venugopal and state in-charge Ajay Maken reached Jaipur on Saturday night. Sources say that if all goes well then next week Ashok Gehlot There may be a reshuffle in the cabinet. Political appointments may start in the thousands. The visit of these two leaders is related to this.
Sources associated with the party said that both the senior Congress leaders have reached Rajasthan amid speculations of cabinet reshuffle and expansion. Venugopal and Maken may hold talks with both the Gehlot and Pilot factions in Jaipur to seal the decision on cabinet expansion and early completion of political appointments.
Earlier it was being said that Chief Minister Gehlot would come to Delhi to finalize the entire exercise. But, sources in the Chief Minister’s Office in Jaipur said, “Gehlot has no plans to visit Delhi at present. He is not going anywhere for a day or two.
Regarding Venugopal’s possible meeting with Gehlot, he said that we have not yet received the official program of the General Secretary of the Congress. It is believed that after Ajay Maken and Venugopal’s meeting with Gehlot, the way for cabinet expansion can be cleared in the state.
The focus of top leadership is now on Rajasthan
Congress sources say that after the resolution of the issue of Punjab, now the entire focus of Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi is on Rajasthan. On behalf of the party high command, Maken has been told that the political issue of Rajasthan should be resolved in July itself.
According to the present, nine more ministers can be made in the Gehlot government of Rajasthan. Last year the then Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot And 18 other MLAs had taken a rebellious stand against Gehlot’s leadership. Then Pilot, Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena were removed from ministerial posts.
challenges have increased
Political analysts in Jaipur said that now in the cabinet expansion, the party will have to take into account the pilot faction as well as the six MLAs who switched from BSP to the Congress and independents supporting the party. It is believed that those who are deprived of the post of minister can be made parliamentary secretaries, chairman of various corporation boards.
At the same time, the posts of district presidents of Congress in the state are also vacant for a long time. In Rajasthan, there are about 30 thousand political appointments to be held at the district level in various corporations and boards, which are constantly being postponed due to one reason or the other. Names were sought for political appointments at the district level from February 9-10 this year.
At that time, Congress general secretary and state in-charge Maken had said, “It will be our efforts that the boards and corporations at the district level, where about 25 to 30 thousand political appointments are to be made, should be completed in the first fortnight of February.” ‘ But, after that the matter was postponed due to the budget session of the assembly and the by-elections in three seats of the assembly. Then political activities came to a standstill due to the lockdown.
At the same time, in these days, the Autonomous Government Department of the state has nominated more than 850 councilors in 155 municipal bodies under political appointments. However, this is considered only the beginning. There are many important Boards/Corporations to be appointed. The current Ashok Gehlot government of Rajasthan came to power in December 2018 and has completed almost half its term.