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Why BJP’s Amit Malviya Thinks Gehlot Is ‘Perfect Politician’

Rajasthan Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot has been hailed from an unlikely quarter after announcing that he will not run in Congressional presidential elections on Thursday, in the wake of political clashes in his state in recent days. BJP leader Amit Malviya called Gehlot a “perfect politician” for saving himself from “remote control”.

On Twitter, the BJP leader listed five reasons why the prime minister was the best to pull out of the race to become the national president of the big old party.

Here are the reasons as tweeted by Malviya:

  1. Retained CM Post
  2. Saved himself from the “embarrassment of being a remote-controlled CP (Congress President)”
  3. “Checkmate” (Sachin) Pilot, again
  4. Retains option to break Congress in Rajasthan and contest 2023
  5. Shred “aura of invincibility around SG (Sonia Gandhi)”.

While the reason behind the sudden praise wasn’t clear, Malviya said Gehlot had not only retained the post of CM but saved himself from the embarrassment of becoming a remote-controlled congress president, in an apparent dig at the Gandhis .

Malviya went on to say that Gehlot had not only proven himself to be a consummate politician, but had once again “checkmated” Pilot, in reference to the government crisis in 2020 when the rebel leader challenged Gehlot for the post of CM and lost.

He went on to say that Gehlot had managed to destroy the “aura of invincibility” surrounding interim party chairman Sonia Gandhi. In addition, “he retains the option to break the Congress in Rajasthan and contest 2023 (assembly elections),” Malviya added.

Gehlot was tipped to be Congress’s next national president until last week, but previously said he will not contest the presidential election because he takes “moral responsibility” for the political crisis in his state. He also said that the decision whether to remain CM will be made by Sonia Gandhi.

“I will not contest these elections in this atmosphere, with moral responsibility,” he said, adding that he had only decided to put his name in the race after Rahul Gandhi refused to participate.

“I met Rahul Gandhi in Kochi and asked him to participate in the polls (for the president of the congress). When he didn’t accept it, I said I would fight, but now with that incident, I’ve decided not to run in the election,” he said.

However, about his future as prime minister, he said he could not decide and that only Sonia Gandhi will have a say. “I will not decide on that, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will decide that,” he added.

Gehlot went on to say he apologized to Sonia Gandhi for the developments last week when MLAs backing him defied central observers and thwarted their attempt to hold a meeting of party lawmakers. Instead, they held a parallel meeting to pitch for Gehlot’s continuation or the assurance that his bete noire Pilot will not replace him.

Gehlot, a three-time CM from Rajasthan, described himself as a disciplined soldier of the party and expressed his sadness at the state of affairs.

As of now, senior leader Digvijaya Singh and Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor are likely to submit their nominations for the post of party chairman. The two met and agreed that their fight “is not a fight between rivals, but a friendly match”.

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