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Congress fields Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan, no clarity on who will be CM

November 15, 2018

Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and state Congress president Sachin Pilot will contest the 7 December assembly elections in Rajasthan.

This is an unexpected move and adds to suspense about who is likely to be chief minister of the state if Congress wins the elections. Both Gehlot and Pilot are strong contenders for the top post in Rajasthan.

The Congress is hoping that the anti-incumbency against chief minister Vasundhara Raje will help them win the elections in the state. Raje is leading the BJP in the upcoming polls, and the Congress is unlikely to name its chief minister as there are worries this could backfire as both Gehlot and Pilot are claimants to the post.

With the instructions of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and on Gehlotji request, I have decided to contest the assembly elections. We all will together ensure a massive victory for the Congress in the upcoming polls. - Sachin Pilot, President, Rajasthan Congress

67-year-old Gehlot, who has been chief minister of Rajasthan two times, is expected to seek re-nomination from Sardarpura seat in Jodhpur. Pilot's constituency will be decided soon. Gehlot dismissed reports of fighting within the Rajasthan Congress. "The reports of infighting in the Rajasthan Congress are baseless and spread by the BJP. We are unitedly fighting the assembly elections," said Gehlot.

The Congress is yet to release its first list of candidates for the Rajasthan Assembly elections. Party leaders said the names will be announced soon.

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