Ashok Gehlot takes over as CM of Rajasthan

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Jaipur, Dec 12: The State Government of Rajasthan has put an end to the chief ministerial race in Rajasthan, by choosing Ashok Gehlot on Thursday, Dec 11 for the second time.

The nomination of new leader was authorised to Congress President, Sonia Gandhi afterwhich, Gehlot's announcement as leader of the Congress legislative party was made in Jaipur on Thursday, Dec 11 evening following a meeting of all the MLAs. As part of the compromise with powerful lobbies in the Rajasthan Congress, Gehlot is expected to appoint a deputy chief minister from the politically significant Jat community.

The 57 year old former chief minister, had spearheaded the Congress campaign to oust the Vasundhara Raje government in the state. The chief minister-elect told reporters later that he would work to provide an ''able, transparent and competent'' government that will cater to all the sections, castes and communities of people.

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