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Will Modi’s show of ‘affection’ hamper Gehlot’s prospects in Rajasthan?

Political Correspondent, Jaipur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi showered praises on Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot during the virtual inauguration of several projects in the state recently. This open display of affection has not escaped the attention of political observers. More than the camaraderie itself, it is the timing of such a show that has triggered...

Rajasthan: 6 killed in van-truck collision in Jaipur

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for deceased, Rs 50,000 for injured Jaipur: A major collision between a multi-axle truck and a van in Jaipur on Saturday morning left at least six persons dead and four others injured. According to reports, five of the six persons who died were candidates of Rajasthan...

Respite for Gehlot as Sachin Pilot returns empty-handed from Delhi

Congress MLA Sachin Pilot, who unsuccessfully led a rebellion against Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot last year, has returned to Jaipur empty-handed after spending a week in Delhi and Haridwar. Pilot for a long time is seeking the rehabilitation of the dissident group, but has failed in his endeavours, with Gehlot not expanding the Cabinet....

Rajasthan: 6 BSP MLAs who joined Congress now demand Cabinet berths

Six legislators of Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha, who officially joined the Congress and are supporting the Ashok Gehlot government, are now demanding their pound of flesh. The six legislators, who were originally elected on a BSP ticket, merged into Congress. In the official record, they are now Congress legislators. The merger, however, has been challenged by...

Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot may expand Cabinet this week

Due to the growing political pressure being exerted by the rebels led by Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is likely to expand his Cabinet this week. Pilot, who is camping in Delhi and in touch with Priyanka Gandhi, has been insisting that the MLAs who sided with him during last year’s rebellion should...

Amid speculations, Sachin Pilot says “not joining BJP”

Former deputy chief minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot will hold talks with AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on the current political crisis in Rajasthan Congress. Pilot has denied the speculation that he was joining the BJP. The Congress leader said he never had any conversation with BJP leader Rita Bahuguna on the issue of joining...

After Jitin Prasada’s exit, Sachin Pilot again raising his voice for rehabilitation of rebels

Ten months after leading a rebellion along with 19 dissident MLAs, Sachin Pilot has once again raised his voice. Pilot was waiting for the lockdown in the state to end to demand the rehabilitation of his group. Notably, the development comes at a time when former Union minister and a close aide of Rahul Gandhi,...

Rajasthan govt announces welfare schemes for poor

The Rajasthan government, which is facing a financial crunch due to the COVID-19 induced slowdown, has announced a slew of welfare schemes to benefit the poor. The government has issued orders to give financial assistance of Rs 1,000 each as the second installment of compensation to 33 lakh helpless and needy families facing livelihood crisis...

Rajasthan cancels board exams amid second wave of COVID-19

Rajasthan has followed the decision of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh governments and cancelled the state board exams of class 10 and 12. The Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday late in the night decided to scrap the board exams because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 21.58 lakh students were...

Mohan Prakash is Ashok Gehlot’s choice for Gujarat Congress

Rajasthan’s former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot has expressed his inability to take charge as the AICC general secretary in-charge for Gujarat. The position of the party’s general secretary for Gujarat fell vacant due to the untimely demise of Rajiv Satav of Maharashtra. After the inability expressed by Pilot to take up the responsibility of...

#Column: Gehlot’s magic can cast a web around Modi mania

Covid-19 management is a litmus test for every chief minister. This is a common challenge that every state in India is facing. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi withdrawing central control over most aspects of the pandemic management, the onus now lies on state heads. Here comes an opportunity for chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states...

Centre should get ready for the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, warns Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has asked the Union government to gear up for the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that is likely to be deadlier, especially in the absence of poor vaccination coverage. In a series of tweets, Gehlot lashed out at the Centre saying that the Union government rather than talking about...