Gehlot discusses cabinet formation with Rahul Gandhi

December 16th, 2008 - 6:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Ahead of constituting his ministry this week, new Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot met Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi for consultations on cabinet-making, party sources said. Gehlot met the Congress general secretary Monday night at the latter’s residence here.

Rahul Gandhi congratulated Gehlot on taking over the state’s reins - his second stint as chief minister of Rajasthan, a statement issued Tuesday said. He also discussed the process of cabinet formation with the chief minister.

Rahul Gandhi had campaigned heavily in the state before the Dec 4 assembly elections, which Congress supporters say was a major contributor to the ousting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of Vasundhara Raje.

Gehlot during his two-day Delhi visit (Dec 14-15) after taking over as chief minister also paid courtesy calls to President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vice-President Hamid Ansari.

Gehlot met Congress president Sonia Gandhi along with senior party leaders Ahmad Patel and Mukul Wasnik Dec 14 to discuss the cabinet formation. Gehlot was sworn-in chief minister Dec 13.

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