Ashok Gehlot: News

Ashok Gehlot is a senior Indian National Congress (INC) leader and the Chief Minister of Rajasthan as of 2021. Gehlot did his BSc, MA, and LLB from Jodhpur University, Rajasthan. Engaged in politics and social work since younger days, Gehlot rendered his services in the refugee camps during the 1971 East Pakistan crisis. He was a Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1989 and from 1991 to 1999 from the Jodhpur constituency. He served as the Deputy Sports Minister in 1984 and as Minister of State (MoS) in the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation during 1984-85. He also served in the PV Narasimha Rao government as MoS for Textiles from 1991 to 1993. Gehlot served as the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) head during 1985-89 and 1994-99, leading Congress to victory in the 1998 Rajasthan State Assembly elections and became Chief Minister for the first time. The next two decades saw political power in the state constantly change hands. Gehlot's government couldn't retain the mandate in the 2003 Assembly polls, and BJP's Vasundhara Raje succeeded as Chief Minister. But 2008 saw a reversal, with Gehlot becoming CM for the second time. He again lost the office to Raje in 2013 but returned to power in the 2018 elections, becoming the state's CM for the third time.

01 Jun 2023


Free electricity up to 100 units: Congress in poll-bound Rajasthan

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has announced free electricity for consumption of up to 100 units to the people of the state from Thursday.

27 May 2023

Narendra Modi

PM Modi chairs NITI Aayog meeting; Kejriwal, Mamata, Nitish boycott

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday presided over the NITI Aayog's (National Institution for Transforming India) eighth Governing Council Meeting at the new Convention Centre in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

21 May 2023

Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress shifts focus to 4 poll-bound states, crucial meet soon 

Following an impressive electoral triumph in Karnataka, the Congress has now turned its attention to other poll-bound states to enhance its voter base ahead of the crucial 2024 Lok Sabha elections, according to NDTV.

15 May 2023

Sachin Pilot

Rajasthan: Pilot's mega rally today amid widening feud with Gehlot 

Amid celebrations in the Congress cadres following its resounding win in Karnataka, trouble is slowly brewing for the grand old party in Rajasthan.

09 May 2023

Sachin Pilot

Gehlot's leader is not Sonia, but Vasundhara Raje: Sachin Pilot

Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Tuesday slammed Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot for allegedly insulting ex-party president Sonia Gandhi, reported ANI.

08 May 2023


Rajasthan: Vasundhara Raje trashes Gehlot's claim, denies saving his government

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vasundhara Raje on Sunday hit back at state Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's claim that she helped salvage his government in 2020 amid a political rebellion, calling it a conspiracy against her.

Union minister Gajendra Shekhawat calls CM Gehlot 'Ravana'; FIR filed

The Rajasthan Police has filed a first information report (FIR) against the Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat following a complaint by Congress leader Surendra Singh Jadawat, accusing him of inciting people to riot by using religious stereotypes.

18 Apr 2023


Rajasthan: Man arrested for flashing private parts at Korean vlogger

In a shameful incident, a female Korean vlogger was allegedly harassed by a man in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, on Monday.

13 Apr 2023

Sachin Pilot

Restore my dignity: Sachin Pilot to Congress amid Rajasthan crisis

The Congress held a series of meetings on Thursday to try to resolve the political crisis in Rajasthan between Sachin Pilot and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot before the 2023 state Assembly elections.

11 Apr 2023

Sachin Pilot

Rajasthan: Sachin Pilot to hold fast despite warning from Congress

In an apparent act of defiance, Rajasthan Congress leader Sachin Pilot will hold a daylong fast on Tuesday against his party's government in the state despite being warned against it by the high command.

09 Apr 2023

Sachin Pilot

Rajasthan: Sachin Pilot renews feud with Gehlot, announces hunger strike

Infighting in the Rajasthan Congress has once again come to the fore after Sachin Pilot accused Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot of shielding Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in corruption cases.

Rajasthan: Doctors, govt arrive at consensus over RTH Act

The state government and doctors in Rajasthan have arrived at a consensus on the Right to Health (RTH) Act, CM Ashok Gehlot informed on Tuesday.

01 Apr 2023

Amit Shah

Gehlot wants police to question Shah over 'frame Modi' remark

Congress leader and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot has dared Union Home Minister Amit Shah to name the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers, who the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader claimed, had pressured him to frame Narendra Modi in a fake encounter case when he was Gujarat's chief minister.

29 Mar 2023


Why Rajasthan's doctors are protesting against Right to Health Bill

The health services in Rajasthan were hit on Wednesday as over 15,000 government doctors and medical college faculty members went on a daylong strike to support the agitation by private doctors against the Right to Health Bill.

14 Mar 2023

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Rajasthan: AAP plans all-out battle amid infighting within BJP, Congress

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is planning to fight an all-out electoral battle in Rajasthan, where Assembly elections are due later this year.

10 Mar 2023


Rajasthan: Widows of Pulwama martyrs detained outside Sachin Pilot's residence

Rajasthan police on Friday detained the widows of three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans, who were martyred in the Pulwama terror attack in 2019, from a protest site outside Congress MLA Sachin Pilot's residence, reported India Today.

10 Feb 2023


Rajasthan: Budget not leaked, claims Gehlot after reading old one

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot reportedly read the old budget for seven minutes by accident while presenting the state budget before being interrupted on Friday.

07 Feb 2023

Congress Party

Maharashtra: Balasaheb Thorat resigns as Congress Legislative Party leader

In a major setback for the Congress in Maharashtra, its legislative party leader Balasaheb Thorat resigned from his post on Tuesday, The Indian Express reported.

28 Jan 2023


Rajasthan: PM Modi to attend Lord Devnarayan's birth anniversary celebrations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Rajasthan's Bhilwara district on Saturday to attend the 1,111th birth anniversary celebrations of the local deity Lord Devnarayan, who is worshiped by the Gujjar community across the nation.

11 Jan 2023


Delhi government hikes auto, taxi fares; check new rates here

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Wednesday announced a hike in auto and taxi fares across Delhi.

04 Dec 2022


Rajasthan: 5 arrested for murder of gangster Raju Theth

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced on Sunday that all five accused in the gang war shooting in Sikar, which took the life of gangster Raju Theht and one other individual, had been arrested.

30 Nov 2022


Gehlot, Pilot appear together days after Rajasthan CM's 'gaddar' remark

Congress MLA Sachin Pilot and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot shared the stage during a press meeting on Tuesday in Jaipur, which has become the talk of the town.

25 Nov 2022


Rift widens in Rajasthan Congress as Gehlot calls Pilot 'gaddar'

After Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot launched a full-blown attack on the purported second-in-command of the state's Congress unit, Sachin Pilot, calling him a traitor—to fizzle out his chief ministerial claim—the latter has hit back, saying it was unbecoming of the veteran to make such remarks.

24 Nov 2022


'Traitor can't be CM': Ashok Gehlot on Sachin Pilot

As Sachin Pilot loyalists continue to push the Congress high command to make him Rajasthan's chief minister, his rival and incumbent CM Ashok Gehlot said, "A gaddar (traitor) cannot be chief minister."

16 Nov 2022

Ajay Maken

Ajay Maken quits as AICC's Rajasthan in-charge

Upset over inaction against Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's loyalists for rebelling ahead of the Congress's presidential elections, Ajay Maken has resigned as the All India Congress Committee's (AICC) Rajasthan in-charge.

12 Nov 2022


Congress unveils Gujarat poll manifesto, promises free electricity, unemployment grant

Congress on Saturday unveiled its manifesto for Gujarat polls that are scheduled on December 1 and 5.

02 Nov 2022

Sachin Pilot

Follow discipline: Gehlot after Pilot calls PM Modi's praise 'interesting'

In a veiled attack at fellow party leader and rival Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said that "everyone" should follow discipline.

14 Oct 2022

Congress President

Congress presidential polls: Gehlot, Tewari extend support to Mallikarjun Kharge

Rajasthan's Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Rajya Sabha member Manish Tewari, both senior leaders of the Congress, have come out in support of Mallikarjun Kharge, the frontrunner for the party's upcoming presidential election.

Gehlot's dig at Pilot: 'Few MLAs sitting with Amit Shah'

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot made a jab at his adversary Sachin Pilot on Sunday, claiming that Congress MLAs in the state believed it was better to rebel than accept "others" as chief minister.

01 Oct 2022

Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress president poll: Candidature of KN Tripathi from Jharkhand dismissed

The final battle for the Congress presidential elections will be between Congress veteran Mallikarjun Kharge and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor after the application of former Jharkhand minister KN Tripathi was rejected on Saturday.

29 Sep 2022

Congress President

After meeting with Sonia, Ashok Gehlot quits Congress president race

After days of political turmoil in Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot quit the Congress president race.

Congress president polls: Digvijaya confirms nomination; Gehlot to meet Sonia

Congress stalwart and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh reached Delhi, and will be filing his nomination on Friday for the party's presidential polls.

28 Sep 2022

Digvijaya Singh

Will Digvijaya Singh run for Congress president? Details here

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and a veteran Congress leader, Digvijaya Singh may also run for Congress president, reports said on Wednesday.

Ashok Gehlot to meet Sonia Gandhi, won't resign today: MLA

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will be meeting Indian National Congress (INC) chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Wednesday evening, reports said.

28 Sep 2022

Sachin Pilot

Have faith in Sonia Gandhi: Rajasthan CM Gehlot tells MLAs

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday held a crucial 'confidence building meeting' with Congress lawmakers, including ministers, at his residence urging them to have faith in Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

After Rajasthan drama, will Ashok Gehlot quit Congress president race?

A front-runner in the Congress president race, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot is likely to drop out soon, reports said on Monday.

26 Sep 2022


Rajasthan: 90+ Gehlot loyalists resign to stop Pilot's CM bid

The political crisis in Rajasthan worsened late on Sunday after an unsuccessful Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting as MLAs loyal to CM Ashok Gehlot kicked up a storm over the possibility of Sachin Pilot succeeding him.

Rajasthan Congress MLAs meet today to discuss Ashok Gehlot's successor

The Congress has called for a meeting of its Rajasthan legislators in Jaipur on Sunday evening with next chief ministerial candidate as top agenda.

23 Sep 2022

Rahul Gandhi

Gehlot confirms Congress president poll bid, says 'Gandhis won't contest'

A day after meeting senior leader Rahul Gandhi, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot confirmed that no member of the Gandhi family will be contesting the upcoming polls for the Indian National Congress (INC) president.

22 Sep 2022

Congress President

After Rahul's 'one man, one post' rebuke, Gehlot's new stand

Indian National Congress (INC) leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday clarified that the party hopes to stand by its "one person, one post" rule.

21 Sep 2022


Will contest Congress president election if Rahul Gandhi doesn't: Gehlot

Senior Congress leader and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot suggested that he will run for the Congress president post only if Rahul Gandhi decides to stay away, The Indian Express reported on Wednesday.

08 Aug 2022


Rajasthan: Stampede at Khatu Shyamji leaves 3 dead, several injured

Stampede at a temple in Rajasthan on Monday morning resulted in three devotees losing their lives.

27 Jul 2022


IMD issues heavy rainfall warning for several states including Rajasthan

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) recently issued a severe to very heavy rainfall warning for several states, including Rajasthan.

30 Jun 2022


Udaipur: March to protest tailor's murder; UN calls for harmony

Thousands took to the Udaipur streets on Thursday as part of a silent protest march against the gruesome murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal.

29 Jun 2022


NIA to probe terror links of Udaipur tailor's murder accused

The horrific murder of a tailor in Udaipur on Tuesday has prompted the Centre to treat it as a terror attack.

28 Jun 2022

Narendra Modi

Udaipur shocker: Man beheaded allegedly for supporting Nupur Sharma

In a gruesome incident, a man was beheaded on Tuesday in the Maldas Street area of Rajasthan's Udaipur, days after he allegedly supported former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma's remarks in a social media post.

02 Jun 2022


RS polls 'poaching': Rajasthan Congress shifting MLAs to Udaipur hotel

Ahead of the Rajya Sabha (RS) elections, the Indian National Congress (INC) will shift its Rajasthan legislators to a hotel in Udaipur to avoid poaching by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), PTI reported.

27 May 2022


Rajasthan: Minister asks Gehlot to relieve him from 'cruel post'

Ashok Chandna, a minister in the Rajasthan Cabinet, has written to Chief Minister (CM) Ashok Gehlot asking to free him from the "cruel" post and hand over the charge of all his departments to Kuldeep Ranka, the CM's Principal Secretary.

11 May 2022


Rajasthan: Communal tension grips Bhilwara over man's murder; internet suspended

Internet services have been suspended in Rajasthan's Bhilwara from Wednesday morning till Thursday after a 22-year-old man was killed.

05 May 2022


Rajasthan: Two persons attacked in Bhilwara, internet services suspended

Days after Rajasthan's Jodhpur witnessed communal clashes on Eid, an incident of violence was reported in the Sanganer area of Bhilwara on Wednesday night, prompting authorities to suspend internet services for 24 hours in the city.

04 May 2022


Jodhpur clashes: Over 100 arrested, curfew imposed, internet remains suspended

Jodhpur was riled by communal tensions on the eve and day of Eid, forcing authorities to impose a curfew in several areas, including Udai Mandir and Nagori Gate till Wednesday midnight.

03 May 2022


Two communities clash on eve of Eid in Rajasthan's Jodhpur

Two communities clashed over hoisting religious flags ahead of Eid-al-Fitr in Jodhpur's Jalori Gate late on Monday night.

28 Apr 2022


Sachin Pilot asks Congress for Rajasthan CM post 'without delay'

Rajasthan Congress leader Sachin Pilot has reportedly asked interim party chief Sonia Gandhi to make him the chief minister "without any delay," according to NDTV.

09 Apr 2022


Karauli violence: BJP MP alleges Hindu exodus; approaches Rajasthan CM

The Bharatiya Janata Party's Rajya Sabha MP Kirodi Lal Meena on Saturday alleged that the violence on Hindu New Year (April 2) had resulted in an "exodus of Hindus from Karauli" in Rajasthan.

22 Mar 2022


Section 144 imposed in Kota over 'The Kashmir Files' screening

Authorities in Rajasthan's Kota district have enforced Section 144 of the CrPC to maintain law and order in view of the screening of the Bollywood film, The Kashmir Files, as well as upcoming religious festivals.

24 Feb 2022


Rajasthan: BJP MLAs to return government's iPhone 13 'gift'

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators in Rajasthan have decided to return the state government's 'gift' of iPhone 13 to ease the state government's "financial burden."

12 Dec 2021


Rahul Gandhi slams BJP; says 'India of Hindus, not Hindutvavadis'

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi sharpened his attack at the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Jaipur rally Sunday.

22 Nov 2021


Rajasthan CM Gehlot allocates portfolios; check list of ministers here

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday allocated portfolios to the newly-inducted state ministers.

21 Nov 2021


Rajasthan: 5 Sachin Pilot loyalists to take oath as ministers

The Rajasthan Cabinet is set to see over a dozen new faces in a reshuffle set for Sunday.

12 Oct 2021


Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot to withdraw controversial marriage registration bill

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday announced that his government will ask Governor Kalraj Mishra to return the controversial Rajasthan Compulsory Registration of Marriages (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

19 Sep 2021


Rajasthan Assembly passes bill allowing registration of child marriage

The Rajasthan Assembly Friday passed the Rajasthan Compulsory Registration of Marriages (Amendment) Bill, 2021, to amend a 2009 Act, making the registration of marriages, including child marriages, mandatory.

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