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Sachin Pilot is the new Rajasthan Congress chief

New Delhi: Marking a generational shift in state politics, Union Minister Sachin Pilot was today appointed the Congress chief in Rajasthan where the party faced a rout in Assembly polls.The 36-year-old Minister for Corporate Affairs
PTI January 13, 2014 16:08 IST
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New Delhi: Marking a generational shift in state politics, Union Minister Sachin Pilot was today appointed the Congress chief in Rajasthan where the party faced a rout in Assembly polls.

The 36-year-old Minister for Corporate Affairs is a close associate of party Vice President Rahul Gandhi and is the son of late Union Minister Rajesh Pilot and Rama Pilot, who was also MP for a term.

He replaces incumbent Chandrabhan, who was defeated in the Assembly polls.

Pilot's appointment as PCC chief comes a month after the party's poor performance in the desert state. Congress could secure just 21 out of the 200 Assembly seats, marking the ignominious defeat of the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government.

Pilot has been given the party mantle just three months before the Lok Sabha elections. His appointment also comes at a time when the Congress faces an uphill task with Narendra Modi especially focusing on the state neighbouring Gujarat.

Rajasthan has 25 Lok Sabha seats.