Ashok Gehlot (born 3 May 1951) is an Indian politician serving as the current Chief Minister of Rajasthan. He held this position from December 1998 to 2003, and from 2008 to 2013, and again from 17 December 2018. He represents Sardarpura constituency of Jodhpur as Member of Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan.
|14th Chief Minister of Rajasthan|
|Assumed office |
17 December 2018
|Preceded by||Vasundhara Raje|
13 December 2008 – 12 December 2013
|Preceded by||Vasundhara Raje|
|Succeeded by||Vasundhara Raje|
1 December 1998 – 8 December 2003
|Preceded by||Bhairon Singh Shekhawat|
|Succeeded by||Vasundhara Raje|
|Member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly|
|Assumed office |
1 December 1999
|Preceded by||Man Singh Deora|
|General Secretary (Organisation) of |
December 2017 – January 2019
|Succeeded by||K. C. Venugopal|
|Union Minister of State for Tourism and Civil Aviation|
31 December 1984 – 26 September 1985
|Prime Minister||Indira Gandhi / Rajiv Gandhi|
|Deputy Union Minister for Sports|
7 February 1984 – 31 October 1984
|Prime Minister||Indira Gandhi|
|Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Textiles|
21 June 1991 – 18 January 1993
|Prime Minister||P. V. Narasimha Rao|
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
|Born||3 May 1951|
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Residence(s)||Resident of Daron Ka Bas, Mahamandir, Jodhpur|
He was a national General secretary of Congress Party, in-charge of organisations and training from March 2018 to 23 January 2019. He was also made in-charge of Gujarat state during 2017 Gujarat Legislative Assembly election.
Ashok Gehlot is the son of Laxman Singh Gehlot, a magician who used to travel around the country to show his magic tricks. He comes from Sainik Kshatriya Mandorva Rajput family of Marwar. Gehlot came from a humble family background with no connection in politics. He is a science and law graduate, he also holds an MA degree in economics. He is married to Sunita Gehlot and has a son and a daughter. His son Vaibhav Gehlot is a politician who contested in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019 from Jodhpur.
He is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) party. He was influenced by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi at a very young age and was actively engaged in social political work even as a student. During the East Bengali refugees crisis in 1971, he served in the refugee camps in the eastern states of India. It is there when former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi first identified his organizational skills during one of her visits to the refugee camps. Gehlot was later appointed the first State President of National Students' Union of India and successfully organised Congress's Student Wing in the state. Gehlot is a staunch Gandhiite and he lived in Wardha to adapt his lifestyle as a Gandhiite. He eats before sunset and is a pure vegetarian and enjoys Satvik Meals. He is also a teetotaler.
He contested his first election for Rajasthan Legislative assembly in 1977 for Sardarpura constituency and lost by a margin of 4426 votes to his closest opponent Madhav Singh of the Janata Party. Gehlot had to sell his motorcycle to contest his first election. In 1980 he contested Lok Sabha election from Jodhpur and won by a margin of 52,519 votes. In 1984 he was appointed as the Union Minister. In 1989 he lost the election from Jodhpur.
When the Congress party returned to power in 1991 he was appointed as Union Minister again by then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao. He was discharged from his duty in 1993 and headed towards his home state Rajasthan to manage Congress political affairs. In 1998, Congress won a landslide victory by winning 153 out of 200 seats. Ashok Gehlot was appointed as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan for the first time.
In 2003, Congress lost Rajasthan and won merely 56 seats. In 2008 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election Congress was short of a majority by 4 seats and Gehlot who was a well-known troubleshooter in Congress was appointed as the Chief Minister to prevent instability and thus he was sworn in for the second time as Chief Minister.
In 2013, Congress suffered its worst-ever defeat by only winning 21 seats in 200 member assembly. Gehlot was then appointed as AICC General Secretary in 2013. He remained at the position until 2018 and after 2018 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election, when Congress returned to power he was appointed as the Chief Minister for the third time despite the strong candidacy of Sachin Pilot due to his role in the revival of Congress after its worst-ever defeat in Legislative Elections. Sachin Pilot was appointed as Deputy Chief Minister.
|1980–84||Elected to the 7th Lok Sabha
|1984–89||Elected to the 8th Lok Sabha
|1991–96||Elected to the 10th Lok Sabha
|1996–98||Elected to the 11th Lok Sabha
|1998–99||Elected to the 12th Lok Sabha|
|1999–2003||Member, Eleventh Rajasthan Legislative Assembly (Elected in by-election)
|2003–08||Member, Twelfth Rajasthan Legislative Assembly|
|2008–13||Member, Thirteenth Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
|2013–18||Member, Fourteenth Rajasthan Legislative Assembly|
|2018–Cont.||Member, Fifteenth Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
Other positions heldEdit
|1974–79||President, Rajasthan NSUI|
|1979–82||President, City District Congress Committee, Jodhpur|
|1982||General Secretary, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee|
|1985–89||President, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee|
|2004–08||General Secretary, All India Congress Committee|
|2017–2019||General Secretary, All India Congress Committee|
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The biggest factor, however, remains the caste arithmetic. The BJP is banking on the support of the Rajputs, the dominant caste in Jodhpur, Brahmins and Jats. Gehlot is eyeing the OBC votes, especially the Mali community to which he belongs, as well as Muslims and SC/STs.
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