New Delhi | Jagran Politics Desk: Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Friday met party chief Sonia Gandhi amid speculation over Cabinet reshuffle and organisation rejig in Rajasthan. His meeting came a day after Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot met Gandhi here and the two leaders are learned to have discussed the political situation as well as the impending cabinet reshuffle in the state.

After meeting Sonia Gandhi, Pilot, as quoted by PTI, said, "Whatever the Congress party wants me to do, I am more than happy to do. In the last 20 years, whatever job has been assigned, I have done it diligently and now also whatever the party decides, what role I have...I am happy to do it."

"I am happy Mrs Gandhi took feedback from all of us. I think at the right time, AICC general secretary Mr (Ajay) Maken will take an appropriate decision viz-a-viz Rajasthan," the former deputy chief minister said.

"Less than 2 yrs are left for Rajasthan Assembly polls, we want to strengthen the organisation for it. It's essential to form govt in 2023 again. The party will take decisions keeping experience, creditability, regional balance, caste combinations in mind", he added.

A major reshuffle is on the cards in Rajasthan in the next few days and various modalities are being worked out by adopting the "one man, one post" formula while considering appointments in the cabinet, according to sources.

Pilot for long has been demanding that Cabinet expansion should happen and appointments to boards and corporations in the state are made soon. He has been asserting that Congress workers and leaders working closely with him for the party should be given their dues.

Pilot and the MLAs supporting him had revolted against Gehlot last year over his style of functioning, after which Pilot was removed from the posts of the state party chief and the Rajasthan deputy chief minister.

Meanwhile, ANI quoted sources as saying that Congress is set to implement a "one leader-one post" policy in the state. The sources further said that three ministers of the Gehlot camp will be replaced with new inductions in the upcoming cabinet rejig.

"There will be 'one leader, one post' formula in the cabinet reshuffle. Three senior members of Gehlot Cabinet are likely to be removed from their post as they have already been given responsibilities in the party. Rajasthan PCC chief Govind Dotasra, AICC incharge of Punjab Harish Chaudhry, AICC incharge of Gujarat Raghu Sharma are likely to be out in the reshuffle. They themselves have requested to work for the party," a top source said as quoted by ANI.

Earlier on Wednesday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had a meeting at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's residence with party general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and KC Venugopal. AICC in-charge of Rajasthan Ajay Maken was also present in the meeting. After the meeting, Maken said that the political situation in Rajasthan, expected cabinet expansion and the roadmap for 2023 Assembly elections in the state were discussed.

Presently, nine positions in Gehlot's cabinet are vacant. And if the three current ministers are dropped then a dozen new ministers will be inducted into the cabinet. Challenge for Congress is to adjust independent MLAs as the party does not have the full majority in the state Assembly.

According to sources, a few of them (independent MLAs) will be accommodated in the cabinet. Most importantly 4-5 MLAs from Sachin Pilot camp are set to get a berth in the Cabinet. However, Congress has not decided about the adjustment of Sachin Pilot in the party after he resigned from the post of Deputy Chief Minister and PCC chief.

 

(With ANI, PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan