The Biz reporter
Following an hour-long meeting, Ashok Gehlot, the chief minister of Rajasthan, left Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence and claimed moral responsibility for the political crisis in his State.
He also declared his withdrawal from the race for the Congress presidency and stated that Ms. Gandhi would decide whether he would remain in that position.
Party’s organisational general secretary KC Venugopal, who met with the party leader twice, predicted that Ms. Gandhi would make a choice in “a day or two,” but he made no mention of whether Mr. Gehlot might resign as a result.
Speculation about a potential transition of power in Rajasthan was rampant after Mr. Gehlot’s adversary Sachin Pilot called Ms. Gandhi on Thursday night. Mr. Pilot avoided talking about who would be in charge by telling reporters that he was convinced that “all constructive initiatives to work collaboratively and win the Rajasthan Assembly polls in 2023 will be taken.”