Kamal Nath to step in to defuse Rajasthan crisis: Report

NEW DELHI:Following the failure of state in-charge Ajay Maken and Observer Mallikarjun Kharge, senior Congress leader Kamal Nath is likely to be brought in to help calm the full-blown political crisis in Rajasthan, a source said on Monday.

Prior to leaving for the capital on Monday, Congress leader Maken, who was in Jaipur with Mallikarjun Kharge to organise the CLP meeting for deciding a new CM face, told the media that three Gehlot camp members had met them and presented them with many proposals, all of which had to be rejected due to potential conflicts of interest.

Maken said that the Gehlot group's representatives, Shanti Dhariwal, Mahesh Joshi, and Pratap Khachriyawas, visited him on Sunday night with three recommendations and "a strict no" for Sachin Pilot being the new CM. "Their first suggestion was that if you want to adopt a resolution, the Congress high command should make a final decision, then pass it after October 19 (votes for party presidential poll counting)."

We informed them that there can be no greater conflict of interest than this since, should Gehlot be chosen as the Congress president, this proposal would give him even more power after October 19.

Second, they insisted on speaking in groups even after we told them we wanted to speak with each of them individually. We firmly stated that it has been Congress policy to receive comments from each leader, but they insisted on arriving in groups and refused to accept that they would have to make the announcement in public.

Thirdly, they suggested that the CM be picked from among the 102 MLAs who remained faithful during the uprising and not from the Pilot group, Maken said.

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