Jaipur: AICC general secretary Ajay Maken on Sunday said there is no conflict among the party’s leaders in Rajasthan on the planned cabinet reshuffle.The decision for the cabinet reshuffle has been left to the party high command, Maken said here after a meeting with ministers, MLAs and office bearers on Sunday.“I can say that there is no conflict among the party leaders and they all have left the final decision about the cabinet expansion to the party high command,” he told reporters.
Maken, together with AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal, arrived at the party office in Jaipur for the meeting. He said issues like inflation and the Pegasus snooping row were discussed.
“People of the country are suffering from high inflation, many have lost jobs during the pandemic, and instead of spending money and resources for people, the central government misused the resources for snooping and spying on leaders, journalists and judiciary. This is highly condemnable,” he said.
Maken, however, did not disclose a date for the cabinet expansion, saying he will return to the state capital on July 28 for further discussions.
“I am returning on July 28-29 and will hold one to one dialogue with Congress MLAs over district and block (appointments) as AICC wants to know the feedback of MLAs before taking any decisions. We will also ask them for good names for appointments on Boards and Corporations,” he said
“We are holding discussions over the appointment of district presidents, and political appointments on Boards and Corporations. I just want to say that all unanimously have stated that whatever high command decides is accepted to us. We soon will take decisions on these issues as there is no disagreement,” he said.
The announcement came hours after Venugopal and Maken held discussions on the cabinet reshuffle and political appointments with Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot late on Saturday night.
After Punjab, the party high command has shifted its focus to Rajasthan, where demands for Cabinet expansion and political appointments have gained momentum after reports of resentment in the camp led by former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, who along with 18 MLAs had rebelled against the leadership of Gehlot last year.