After three-day long deliberation and internal tussle for who will become the chief minister of Rajasthan, Congress, once again decided to pick the old guard of party over youth power and named Ashok Gehlot as the CM of Rajasthan; while second claimant Sachin Pilot will become the deputy chief minister.

Considering the long waiting, it seemed like for Congress, winning the three Hindi-heartland states in latest assembly polls was easier than the post-victory task of choosing the chief ministers for respective states. After three days of intense deliberation between the old and faithful members of the party and the ambitious youth, Congress seems to bank on the old guards. For Madhya Pradesh, the party picked veteran Kamal Nath over Jyotiraditya Scindia; and as per the decision declared yesterday, 72-year-old Ashok Gehlot was picked for the post of CM of Rajasthan and young leader Sachin Pilot was handed the deputy chief minister post.

But if party seniors are to be believed, there was never a confusion about selecting veterans for the key posts. The seniors also claim that the selection of 72-year-old Kamal Nath the CM of MP and 67-year-old Gehlot the CM of Rajasthan was clear from day one, and the delay in announcement was the due to “pacification among the ambitions youth”. Perhaps because former Congress President believes in letting the experienced hands run the states that covers a total of 65 seats in Lok Sabha.

Since 59 of the 65 members of Parliament to the Lok Sabha of all three states – Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh belong to BJP, the newly formed Congress governments are likely to face an uphill task running these states. Now that the voters have decided to put trust on the party, much of its fate in Lok Sabha election 2019 will depend on how well Congress performs in real governance in all these states after making lofty pre-electoral promises. In such a critical time, Congress cannot risk experimenting with ambitious youth power, and hence let the decisive states helmed by experienced hands. Perhaps with this motto, the decision of Chhattisgarh mustn’t be tough to figure out about.

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