The political mercury of the ruling Congress in Rajasthan is hot. There is a tussle between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot over cabinet expansion and political appointments. The pilot camp is angry at the lack of fulfillment of the assurance given by the high command to participate in power 10 months ago. The interesting fact is that the party's state in charge Ajay Maken has given deadlines for political appointments four times so far.
Every time Maken came to Jaipur, Congressmen and media were given new dates for political appointments. But CM is not ready to take decisions according to Maken's deadline. They are taking decisions of their own free will. They gave power to whomever they wanted, and Maken and Pilot were on the lookout. There were one or two occasions when Maken specifically suggested a name for a constitutional board, but not one of them did.
Gehlot gave appointments on a large scale in the districts as per the list handed over through his confidants. Appointments were given to many such retired officers who want to contest the upcoming assembly elections. Former IAS BN Sharma, a close relative of Assembly Speaker Dr. CP Joshi, was made the chairman of the Electricity Regulatory Commission, bypassing the objection of Energy Minister Dr. BD Kalla. The workers of Gehlot camp were nominated as councilors in all the local bodies of the state. Similarly, on the recommendation of MLAs, lawyers were posted in government departments.
one by one appointments
After Pilot's rebellion last year, it was decided in the presence of Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and the then treasurer Late Ahmed Patel that Pilot's opinion would be considered in all decisions taken in the state power and organization. But Pilot was not even talked to while giving appointments to more than a dozen retired IAS officers.
Pilot says that the promise made by the high command has not been fulfilled yet. CM made former IAS officer Govind Sharma, Arvind Mayaram as his own advisor. Then former Director General of Police Bhupendra Yadav was made the chairman of the State Public Service Commission, former Chief Secretary DB Gupta was made the Chief Information Commissioner, former IPS officer Hariprasad was made the chairman of the State Staff Selection Board. Ram Luhya was made the chairman of the accountability committee, GS Sandhu was made the chairman of the committee of the lease distribution campaign. Sandhu has gone to jail in the case of allotment of land in the previous Vasundhara government. Jagroop Yadav and Matadeen Sharma were made members of the Civil Services Authority and Banna Lal as the Secretary of the Finance Commission. Similarly, Sangeeta Beniwal of the CM's home district Jodhpur was appointed as the chairman of the Child Empowerment Commission.
Category: India: Politics