Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot might need a Cabinet reshuffle thrust upon him. With one in all his ministers in a coma in hospital and one other lately appointed chief of the Rajasthan unit of the Congress, he can have to undertake an growth not simply to fill the vacancies within the council of ministers but additionally to accommodate the claims of the “rebels”.
The most variety of ministers Gehlot can have is 30. Right now he has 22: Of these, Bhanwarlal Meghwal is critically unwell in hospital, and Govind Singh Dotasra has been made chief of the Congress in Rajasthan. Three different ministers, together with Sachin Pilot, Vishvendra Singh, and Ramesh Chand Meena had been sacked.
The Pilot group is now asking that a few of them be accommodated within the Cabinet. While Pilot, who declared per week in the past that he was inserting no situations for returning to the federal government, reportedly doesn’t desire a berth for himself, he has sought locations for his followers. His precedence is his two most loyal supporters Vishvendra Singh and Meena, together with two different senior Congress leaders who sided with him: Hemaram Choudhary and former Speaker Deependra Singh Shekhawat. And, he would additionally like two positions of ministers of state. Gehlot is anticipated to see this as empire-building on Pilot’s half however can have to yield floor if New Delhi insists. But he has his personal political compulsions.
He can have to reward Independents like Sanyam Lodha who stood loyally with him by way of the disaster. And the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLAs who crossed over to the Congress may also have to be accommodated.
What will comply with is a fragile balancing of competing pursuits. But this a lot is obvious: That if he needs to preserve his authorities, Gehlot can have to take among the rebels within the authorities and work to wean them away from Pilot. At the identical time, Pilot, having received the primary spherical by forcing the alternative of the overall secretary in-charge of Rajasthan – earlier Avinash Pandey and now Ajay Maken — can have a good friend in Delhi he can name in case Gehlot tries to queer his political pitch once more.