Rajasthan cabinet rejig likely soon, Sachin Pilot may be shifted out | India News – Times of India

JAIPUR/NEW DELHI: A reshuffle of the Rajasthan cabinet is likely to take place anytime between August 1 and Independence Day while former deputy CM Sachin Pilot is likely to be given responsibility outside the state, possibly as AICC general secretary.
Sources in Congress said the move, which has been talked about for a long time now, is primarily to adjust members of the Pilot faction in the state government to end the uncertainty and bring focus back on governance. Following the Punjab experience, the Congress brass is concerned that it has to improve the image of the government to make it attractive for new voters in future elections, sources said.
There is a feeling that CM Ashok Gehlot has dragged his feet on the ministerial reshuffle despite nudges from the AICC, and it is being viewed as upmanship on his part. The party has to manage a delicate balancing act as there are few vacancies against which it has to adjust the Pilot faction, Independents, BSP defectors and some loyal party MLAs.
While sources said the basic formula has been frozen, AICC general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan, Ajay Maken said in Jaipur on Sunday that Congress leaders in Rajasthan have unanimously decided that a final call on the reshuffle of the state cabinet will be taken by the party’s central leadership. Maken will be visiting Jaipur again on July 28 and 29 for final consultations with party legislators and leaders.
Maken and AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal reached Jaipur on Saturday night and held discussions with CM Ashok Gehlot. They also met party executive members and MLAs present in Jaipur. Pilot also attended the meeting. Pilot supporters raised slogans outside the PCC office as soon as Maken and Venugopal reached there and while they left the party office.

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