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Sonia appoints 2 deputy CMs in Rajasthan

January 24, 2003 22:48 IST

The Congress high command, under pressure to remove Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in the wake of the party's debacle in the assembly by-polls, on Friday appeared to give him a reprieve by appointing two deputy chief ministers and a Cabinet minister.

A coordination committee headed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ambika Soni was also constituted to help the state government ahead of the assembly polls later this year.

Revenue and Irrigation Minister Kamla Beniwal, a member of the influential Jat community and Transport Minister Banwarilal Bairva, a Scheduled Caste, were made deputy chief ministers and Ramsingh Bishnoi was made a cabinet minister.

There had also been demand for removal of state PCC president Girija Vyas, but a group of senior party leaders, detractors of Gehlot, had opposed the plan.

On Thursday the All India Congress committee had given indication that Gandhi would take decision in a day or two on government and organisational changes in the state.

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Would request your editorial team to do a proper editing before posting a message as in the earlier message not done. Secondly, out of more ...

Posted by Sanjeev Prasad

Sub: rajasthan got two CMs

Congress is playing the same old caste politics. Is it the secularism they are propagating?. It apperas taht they have not learned the lesson of ...

Posted by cnray

Sub: RE:Rajastan gets two deputy CMs

I fully agree with you.Remember the furore media created about Rajnath Singh's jumbo cabinet.

Posted by vivek

Sub: Rajasthan gets two deputy CMs (Where was the need)

By doing this Sonia is only trying to get Jat's vote bank. This is purely a caste politics. She is not at all worried about ...

Posted by Kuldeep

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Dear Sir, I am extremely disappointed at the way the media reports news. Firstly when Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde was appointed as CM of Maharashtra ...

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