New Delhi, Dec 13 (GCCurrentAffairs) Amid suspense over the chief ministerial faces for Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said an announcement on Chief ministers of the states would be made soon.
The statement by Mr Gandhi came even as he held meetings with two CM aspirants of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot and was expected to meet MP Chief Ministerial aspirants Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Talking to reporters outside Parliament, Mr Gandhi, on a question on who would be Chief Ministers (of Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh ), said, ‘We are checking, we are taking inputs from different people in the party, we are taking input from MLAs, we are taking input from workers, we are getting a comprehensive answer to what the Congress party and others feel.’
On a further question on whether one would see a Chief Minister soon, Mr Gandhi, who met Mr Gehlot and Mr Pilot as well as party observers for Rajasthan K C Venuhopal and Avinash Pandey here on Thursday morning, said- Yes, off course, you have to see a Chief Minister soon.
Party sources said Mr Venugopal and Mr Pandey met Mr Gandhi at his residence at Tuglaq road where they informed him about the views of the Congress MLAs in Rajasthan. Later, he also held meetings with the Rajasthan CM aspirants Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot.
Sources said Mr Gandhi has had discussions with AICC observers for Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh also.
Later, on Thursday, he is also likely to meet Mr Nath and Mr Scindia, the chief ministerial aspirants for MP.
The sources said an announcement on the name of the chief ministers is likely by Thursday evening.
The suspense over who will be the chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh continues to mount with the Congress legislators in the three states authorising party president Mr Gandhi to take the final call.
The Congress observers on Wednesday held closed-door interactions with the Congress MLAs in MP and Rajasthan. However, the legislature party of the fwo states left it for Rahul to take the final decision.
While in Rajasthan, Mr Gehlot and Mr Pilot are contenders for the position, in Madhya Pradesh, the race is between Mr Nath and Mr Scindia.
While the supporters of Mr Nath and Mr Gehlot cite their experience as the reason for making them chief minister, which would be crucial in stabilising the fragile new governments in both the states, supporters of Mr Pilot and Mr Scindia are seeking a generational shift in leadership, saying it would send a positive signal to the youth.