Congress' smart move: Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot will fight Rajasthan elections

New Delhi, Nov 14, News24 Bureau: This can be called a masterstroke of Congress as both Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot will contest the Rajasthan elections. For the time being the fire has been dodged.

Congress does seem to be holding a promising position in the forthcoming elections in Rajasthan. The differences between major players in the state was a headache for the party, and now finally it appears that the issue has been handled with astute political sense by the party.Ashok Gehlot tried to play down the rift within and said the party high command decides on who will lead the Congress. “We have said many times that whatever Rahul Gandhi decides on CM and we will abide by that. It’s a tradition for Congress in Rajasthan to not declare CM before elections,” he said.The Congress has decided to field both chief ministerial aspirants Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot in the Assembly elections next month, which the political pundits are calling a good idea. The fissures would have benefitted BJP in the state.Gehlot tried to play down the rift within and said the party high command decides on who will lead the Congress. “We have said many times that whatever Rahul Gandhi decides on CM and we will abide by that. It’s a tradition for Congress in Rajasthan to not declare CM before elections,” he said.By nominating both Pilot and Gehlot, the Congress has attempted to keep both factions happy.Polls in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, and Telangana will be held between November 12 and December 7. Counting of votes will be taken up together in all the five states on December 11."We hope to cross the two-thirds mark in Rajasthan and hope to get close to 140 seats in Madhya Pradesh and over 50-mark in Chhattisgarh. The coalition of Congress will romp home confidently, trouncing the BJP stooge TRS in Telangana. Congress will also retain Mizoram," said Randeep Surjewala to PTI.Many surveys are giving Congress a thumbs up in Rajasthan and the party is hopeful of reaping benefits from the anti-incumbency factor.A popular survey in Rajasthan gave the ruling BJP only 45 seats with 39.7 percent vote share, against 47.9 percent of the opposition Congress.