Amid slogan-shouting by the supporters of former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Dr C P Joshi and Union Minister Shish Ram Ola, a crucial meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) started in the main hall of the congress office to elect a new leader.
The policemen faced a problem in controlling the activists of Gehlot, Joshi and Ola factions who were shouting slogans in favour of their respective leaders. They wanted their leaders to be the new chief minister of the state.
AICC observers including Digvijai Singh, Chaudhry Virendra Singh and Madhusudan Mistry arrived Jaipur in the morning to oversee the election of the new CLP leader.
AICC General Secretary and incharge of Rajasthan Congress Affairs Committee Mukul Wasnik had presented his report about the Rajasthan results to AICC President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday and met her along with chairman of the screening committee Digvijai Singh.
Congress had won 96 seats and fell short of simple majority. Due to support extended by 11 independent MLAs, decks were cleared for the formation of the new Congress government on Tuesday.
There are five contenders for the post of chief minister, which included Gehlot, Joshi, Ola, Girija Vyas and Jat leader ,Hema Ram Chaudhry.
PCC chief Joshi had lost from Nathdawara seat in Udaipur district by a margin of one vote, which has dimmed his chances.
Girija Vyas is the chairperson of the National Commission for Women and her election as chief minister may please Jat lobby but she is not member of state assembly.
Jat leader Hema Ram Chaudhry may be elected as deputy chief minister to appease Jat community. He is CLP leader and enjoys the confidence of Gehlot.
Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot appears to be the front-runner for the post though Jats are opposing him.
Sources said that AICC observers have started seeking the opinion of MLAs one by one to find out about the majority support enjoyed by the aspirants of the post of the chief minister. The report will be submitted to AICC President Sonia Gandhi who will announce the final name of the CLP leader either today or tomorrow.