There is still doubt on the tickets of people close to CM Gehlot.
In the Rajasthan Assembly elections, Congress on Tuesday released the fourth list of 56 candidates and the fifth list of five candidates. In this way, Congress has fielded candidates on 156 out of 200 seats in the state. Congress has so far canceled the tickets of nine of its MLAs and fielded new faces in their place. Tickets of 23 ministers of Gehlot cabinet have been confirmed, but the candidature of 5 ministers is still on hold. In this list, the crisis is deepening over the tickets of those three veteran leaders who were ready to resign from the legislature to save the chair of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
There have been a total of 30 ministers in the Gehlot cabinet, out of which Rajendra Gudha has been dismissed a few days ago. In this way, 23 out of 29 ministers have been given tickets, while among the remaining six ministers, Subhash Garg is from RLD quota. In such a situation, the five ministers for whose seats Congress has not declared tickets are Shanti Dhariwal, Dr. Mahesh Joshi, Lalchand Kataria, Zahida Khan and Hemaram Chaudhary. Kataria and Hemaram have stepped back from contesting the elections, while Zahida Khan is facing opposition. In this way, two ministers are left for whose seats tickets could not be declared.
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Tickets of people close to Gehlot are not confirmed
Congress has not confirmed the tickets of minister Dr. Mahesh Joshi, minister Shanti Dhariwal and RTDC Chairman Dharmendra Rathod, who are considered close to CM Ashok Gehlot. These three leaders had raised the flag of rebellion to save the chair of CM Gehlot. On September 25, 2022, a three-member delegation was sent by the Congress high command to talk to the MLAs so that the mood of change in the Chief Minister could be gauged. It was believed that all this was being done in an attempt to make Sachin Pilot the CM in place of Gehlot.
vetoing the ticket
The delegation sent from Delhi to Jaipur had called a meeting of the legislature party at the Chief Minister’s residence, in which instead of attending the meeting at the residence of Gehlot camp, all these MLAs submitted their resignations to the Assembly Speaker by holding a meeting at Shanti Dhariwal’s residence. This matter had caused much embarrassment to the Congress high command and notices were given to all three leaders regarding indiscipline. Although no action was taken against him, now the party leadership has vetoed his ticket in the elections.
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Who will take the decision on their ticket?
Dr. Mahesh Joshi is MLA from Hawamahal seat, Shanti Dhariwal from Kota North seat and Dharmendra Rathore is MLA from Ajmer North seat. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is advocating for giving tickets to these three leaders, but the way Rahul Gandhi and the party leadership have raised questions on all the three leaders in the Central Election Committee meeting. Not only this, Rahul Gandhi had asked for other names as an alternative to these three leaders on these three seats and due to his ticket not being declared till now, the crisis has deepened. This matter has now been put in the court of Mallikarjun Kharge.
If Congress sources are to be believed, Kharge has to decide whether Dr. Mahesh Joshi, Shanti Dhariwal and Dharmendra Rathore will contest the elections. The members of the Central Election Committee of Congress have authorized to take decisions on the tickets of the three leaders. Apart from this, Mallikarjun Kharge will decide the names for the remaining seats after discussing with former Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. In such a situation, it remains to be seen what ticket Congress will give to Mahesh Joshi, Shanti Dhariwal and Dharmendra Rathod, who saved Gehlot’s seat?