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Sachin Pilot Appointed Rajasthan Congress Chief

Published: 13th January 2014 03:53 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th January 2014 04:02 PM   |  A+A-

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Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot. |File Photo: PTI

By PTI

Marking a generational shift in state politics, Union Minister Sachin Pilot was today appointed the Congress chief in Rajasthan where the party faced a rout in Assembly polls.

The 36-year-old Minister for Corporate Affairs is a close associate of party Vice President Rahul Gandhi and is the son of late Union Minister Rajesh Pilot and Rama Pilot, who was also MP for a term.

He replaces incumbent Chandrabhan, who was defeated in the Assembly polls.

Pilot's appointment as PCC chief comes a month after the party's poor performance in the desert state. Congress could secure just 21 out of the 200 Assembly seats, marking the ignominious defeat of the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government.

Pilot has been given the party mantle just three months before the Lok Sabha elections. His appointment also comes at a time when the Congress faces an uphill task with Narendra Modi especially focusing on the state neighbouring Gujarat.

Rajasthan has 25 Lok Sabha seats.

Welcoming his appointment, AICC general secretary in-charge for Rajasthan Gurudas Kamat said it is an "excellent choice" and Pilot will give a "new direction" to the PCC.

Sources said that apart from Pilot, a number of other leaders were also in the race for the job including AICC general secretary C P Joshi, Union Minister Lalchand Kataria and party MP Mahesh Joshi.

With Pilot's appointment as PCC chief, an overhaul is expected in the party's state unit. The new CLP leader for Rajasthan would be chosen in a party meeting on Wednesday with party general secretary Kamath and Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad going to Jaipur as observers.

"It is an excellent choice. He is a young and dynamic leader, who has proved his popularity. He comes from a very good family with his father and mother having already served the citizenry of the state. I am sure he will give a clear direction to the PCC in Rajasthan," Kamath said.



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