आखिर कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष पद से दूर क्यों भाग रहे हैं अशोक गहलोत ?

Assembly elections of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are going to be held in a few months. After that next year assembly elections will be held in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. If the assembly election results are not as desired by the Congress party, then the entire responsibility will be on them.

The post of National President of Congress has become Musical Chair. The post of Congress president revolves around the Congress leaders. But all the leaders are refusing to become president. Every senior leader of the Congress party wants Rahul Gandhi to become the national president of the Congress party once again. But Rahul Gandhi continues to refuse to become the president. He has made it clear to the party leaders that he does not want to become the Congress president under any circumstances. They want to do party work without any post.

After Rahul Gandhi’s refusal, the names of senior Congress leader and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, party general secretary Mukul Wasnik, working committee member Kumari Selja and many other leaders have come up. has joined the race as president. But Congress working president Sonia Gandhi wants Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to take over as president. Ashok Gehlot is the senior most leader of Congress party. He has worked with Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. In this way, he can work in harmony with everyone.

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As soon as Ashok Gehlot’s name came up for the party’s national president in Congress circles, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot refused to become the president. Gehlot says that only Rahul Gandhi as the president can strengthen the party. He says that during his tenure as president, Rahul Gandhi initiated many works to strengthen the Congress party. The benefit of which will be given to the Congress in the future. Gehlot is trying to convince Rahul Gandhi with the support of more than 250 big leaders to make Rahul Gandhi the president.

Gehlot says I got the responsibility of Rajasthan. Where my term is left. Now I want to serve the people of Rajasthan. Gehlot says that along with the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, he has been appointed by Sonia Gandhi as a senior observer for the upcoming assembly elections in Gujarat. In such a situation he is successfully fulfilling both his responsibilities. Their attempt is to oust the BJP from power in the Gujarat assembly elections and form the Congress government. Currently he is busy with this mission. In such a situation, it is not convenient for him to hold the post of National President of Congress.

Everyone knows that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is currently the senior most leader of the Congress party. He has been a minister in the governments of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Narasimha Rao. Gehlot has served three times as President of Rajasthan Congress Committee, Leader of Opposition in Rajasthan Legislative Assembly and three times as Chief Minister, General Secretary of Congress National Organization, National President of Congress. Service Force. Ashok Gehlot is the biggest face of Congress in Rajasthan. Despite not getting the majority, he is successfully running the government for the second time through manipulation, so he does not want to give up the post of Chief Minister under any circumstances.

Gehlot knows that if he moves from Jaipur to Delhi as the Congress national president, the Congress high command can make his arch rival Sachin Pilot the Chief Minister in his place. Which Gehlot doesn’t want to let happen under any circumstances. The number of thirty-six between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot is not hidden from anyone. Both the leaders keep accusing each other. Even after the reconciliation between the two leaders at their level by the Congress High Command, the arbitrariness of the two leaders could not be done yet. In such a situation, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot would not like that after him Pilot could gain a foothold in Rajasthan.

Gehlot knows that there is a big difference between the politics of Rajasthan and the politics of Delhi. He has been dancing the politics of Rajasthan on his finger for years. But this will not be possible after going to Delhi. He knows that even if he becomes the national president of the party, the party will remain under the control of the Gandhi family. In such a situation he will remain only a puppet. From above, even Rajasthan will be out of their hands.

Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are scheduled to be held in the next few months. After that next year assembly elections will be held in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. If the assembly election results are not as desired by the Congress party, then the entire responsibility will be on them. Then the blame for the failure will be laid on him. Gehlot does not want this to happen under any circumstances. Hence he hesitates to go to Delhi.

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Congress has its own circle of loyalists in national politics of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi. On whose advice these leaders work. If Gehlot, as the national president of the party in Delhi, ignores the words of these loyal leaders, he will have to fall prey to their machinations. And it will be difficult for him to survive in Delhi politics. Now Gehlot is doing whatever party he wants in Rajasthan. Most of Rajasthan’s ministers and MLAs are loyal to him. Most of Gehlot’s supporters have also been given positions in political appointments.

Recently, elections were held for three Rajya Sabha seats from Rajasthan. In which Gehlot gave importance to the choice of the Congress high command and sent the three outsiders after winning the election. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress National Organization General Secretary KC Venugopal, Congress General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Singh Surjewala and Pramod Tiwari are Rajya Sabha MPs from Rajasthan. All these are considered to be heavy leaders in Delhi politics and are openly advocating Gehlot in Delhi. Gehlot has been able to marginalize Pilot only with the force of his powerful lobby in Delhi.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has won Lok Sabha elections five times and Assembly elections five times. Gehlot became a member of the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1980 and was made a deputy minister in Indira Gandhi’s cabinet in 1982. After which, even after Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister, Gehlot became the Minister of State in the Central Government. Gehlot was also made a minister of state in PV Narasimha Rao’s government. Thus, he has the experience of working in the Cabinet of three Prime Ministers. At the same time, Gehlot has also worked with Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, PV Narasimha Rao, Sitaram Kesari, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi from an organizational point of view. There may be leaders older than him in the Congress, but there is hardly anyone senior to him who has successfully played such a long political innings while holding so many positions.

Gehlot knows that politics is not always outside. With rise comes setting. That is why he wants to complete his third term as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan and if the Congress party wins in the state in the next assembly elections, he should become the Chief Minister again and not the National President of the Congress party. Because after becoming the National President of the Congress Party, all further options are closed. They are well aware of this. This is why Gehlot is refusing to become the national president.

-Ramesh Sarraf Dhamora

(The author is a freelance journalist recognized by the Government of Rajasthan. His articles are published in several newspapers in the country.)

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