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Ashok Gehlot: The magician who could be Rahul's first preference as CM

There is no dearth of Congressmen who think that if the Congress scores a narrow-margin victory in Rajasthan, Gehlot would be Rahul's first preference as chief minister

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Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018  |  Congress  |  Rajasthan

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Ashok Gehlot got a lucky break in the Congress during early 1970s when Indira Gandhi’s son, Sanjay, was calling the shots. Sanjay was promoting another Gehlot, Janardhan, a wrester who had humbled a mighty Bhairon Singh Shekhawat in 1972 from Gandhi Nagar in Jaipur.

As luck would have it, Sanjay lost affection for giant killer Janardhan Gehlot, a Kshatriya, and his cronies quickly replaced him with another Gehlot from the Mali (gardener) community. Ashok was made National Student Union of India (NSUI) head of Rajasthan in a very special way when a biker carried his letter of ...

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First Published: Wed, December 12 2018. 09:06 IST
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