This Article is From Jul 30, 2021

Some Rajasthan Ministers Want To Step Down, Work For Party: Ajay Maken

A cabinet expansion in Rajasthan and appointments to district Congress posts is expected soon.

Some Rajasthan Ministers Want To Step Down, Work For Party: Ajay Maken

Ajay Maken, AICC's Rajasthan in-charge, is holding meetings with Congress MLAs in the state. File


Ahead of a likely reshuffle in the Rajasthan Cabinet, Congress general secretary Ajay Maken today said some ministers have expressed willingness to quit the government to work for the organisation.

The remark by Mr Maken, who is the Rajasthan in-charge at the All India Congress Committee, followed a series of one-on-one meetings here with ruling party MLAs and other leaders.

A cabinet expansion and appointments to district Congress posts is expected soon, following demands by supporters of former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot for a bigger share of power.

"There are people who are eager to leave government positions and work for the organisation. We are proud of such people," Mr Maken said, his remarks indicating that some ministers in the Gehlot-led cabinet will now make way for new faces.

"The Congress will form the government again in 2023 with our members, who are ready to leave everything and work together with the organisation," he told reporters.

The leader said the ministers cited his own example when he quit a ministerial post in 2013 to work for the organisation.

After the one-on-one meetings on Wednesday and Thursday with 115 MLAs - from the Congress and those supporting the party -- Mr Maken today held discussions with the state executive at the party headquarters here. He is now expected to submit his report to the party's central leadership in Delhi.

"We mainly discussed how we can bring back a Congress government in 2023. In the state executive meeting also, we discussed that there should be better coordination between the government and the organisation so that together we can bring the Congress back to power," he said.

Mr Maken appreciated the performance of the Ashok Gehlot government. "I was told by every MLA how amazing development work has been carried out in their constituency -- be it education, health, roads, hospitals. All MLAs are satisfied and all are moving ahead on the path of development," he said.

Apart from the MLAs, Mr Maken spoke separately to Mr Gehlot, Mr Pilot, state unit president Govind Singh Dotasra and Speaker C P Joshi.

Asked about the possible role for Mr Pilot, who was removed as Deputy CM and state unit president after he rebelled against Mr Gehlot, he said, "Everyone has faith in the high command. Everyone has said that whatever role the high command decides will be acceptable to all."