Ashok Gehlot becomes Chief Minister of Rajasthan for the third time. The announcement was made on Friday afternoon. Sachin Pilot will be the deputy CM and continue as Rajasthan Congress chief.
Ashok Gehlot who is one of the most popular household names in Rajasthan entered politics in 1970. A student politician at first, Gehlot became the first state president of Congress’ National Student Union. In a few years, he became an important member of the Congress Party, winning in 5 Lok Sabha Elections before switching to the state politics.
Rajasthan which went for elections on December 7 has been a swing state for more than 20 years, the two parties of Congress and BJP have alternatively being elected by the state over the period. 51,687 polling booths were set up for the Assembly Elections out of which 259 were taken care of exclusively by women officials. In the 2018 Rajasthan Assembly elections, the trend continued as this time Congress dethroned the Vasundhara Raje led government.
When results were announced on 11 December Congress came out as the single largest party, winning 99 in the state with 200 Assembly seats.