Ashok Gehlot

Date of Birth: 3 May 1951
Political Party: Indian National Congress
Occupation: Chief Minister of Rajasthan
Career Start: 1974
Residence: Resident of Daron Ka Bas, Mahamandir, Jodhpur-342010
Education: MA degree in Economics

History of The Candidate

Ashok Gehlot, son of JadugarBabu Laxman Singh Gehlot, was born on 3 May 1951 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. 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. 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 1971’s East Bengali refugee’s crisis 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 Student’s Union of India and successfully organized Congress’s student wing in the state. Recently, his elder brother Kanwar Sen Gehlot died due to heart attack in October 2018.

Political Career

Ashok Gehlot is an Indian politician, currently serving his third term as Chief Minister of Rajasthan since December 2018. He is former Congress Party’s national general secretary and in-charge of organizations and training from March 2018 to 23 January 2019. He held this position from December 1998 to 2003 and from 2008 to 2013 and again from 17 December 2018. He hails from Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He represents Sardarpura constituency of Jodhpur as Member of Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan.

Membership of legislature

Year Position
1980–84 Member, Seventh Lok Sabha
1984–89 Member, Eighth Lok Sabha
1991–96 Member, Tenth Lok Sabha
1996–98 Member, Eleventh Lok Sabha
1998–99 Member, Twelfth 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


Positions held

Year Position
1980–82 Member, Public Accounts Committee, Lok Sabha
1982–83 Union Deputy Minister, Department of Tourism
1983–84 Union Deputy Minister, Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation
1984–84 Union Deputy Minister, Department of Sports
1984–85 Union Minister of State, Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation
1989–89 Minister, Department of Home and PHED, Government of Rajasthan
1991–93 Union Minister of State, Department of Textiles (Independent Charge)
1991–96 Consultative Committee on Communication (Lok Sabha)
1991–98 Standing Committee on Railway (10th & 11th Lok Sabha)
1996–98 Consultative Committee on External Affairs (Lok Sabha)
1998–2003 Chief Minister, Rajasthan
2008–13 Chief Minister, Rajasthan
2018–Cont. Chief Minister, Rajasthan


Other positions held

Year Position
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

All the Promises Made by The Party

“All of the 4 lakh vacancies as on 1 April 2019 in the Central Government, Central Public Sector Enterprises, Judiciary and Parliament will be filled before the end of March 2020. Congress will request State Governments to fill all vacancies, estimated at 20 lakhs, in the 2 sectors and in local bodies.”

“Poorest 20% of families to be guaranteed a cash transfer of Rs. 72,000 a year each; money to be transferred to the account of a woman of the family; estimated cost will be <1% of GDP in Year 1 and <2% of GDP in Year 2 and thereafter.

“Congress promises to enact the Direct Taxes Code in the first year of government; review and replace the current GST laws with the GST 2.0 regime based on a single, moderate, standard rate of tax; abolish the e-way bill.”

Electoral reforms
“Will scrap the opaque Electoral Bond Scheme that was designed to favor the ruling party; set up a National Election Fund to which any person may make a contribution; promise that 50% of EVMs will be matched against VVPATs.”

Laws, rules and regulations
“Congress promises to decriminalize defamation and sedition; amend laws that allow detention without trial; pass Prevention of Torture Act; amend ASFPA; institute comprehensive prison reforms.”

“Will enforce anti-corruption laws without discrimination; will investigate several deals entered into by the BJP Government in the last 5 years and, in particular, the Rafale deal.”

“Will scrap Niti Aayog and constitute a Planning Commission with re-defined responsibilities.”

Agriculture and farm labour
“Congress promises to waive the outstanding farm loans: introduce a separate ‘Kisan Budget’; re-design the BJP government’s failed FasalBima Yojana (Crop Insurance Scheme); double the funding in 5 years for teaching, R&D, agriculture-related pure sciences and applied science and technology in the agricultural sector; restore the original Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 and the Forest Rights Act.”

Rural development
“Congress promises to launch MGNREGA 3.0, which will increase the guaranteed days of employment up to 150 days; connect all villages and habitations with a population of 250 with a road under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana; pass the Right to Homestead Act to provide a homestead for every household that does not own a home or own land.”

“Will provide for reservation of 33% of seats in the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies. Equal Remuneration Act, 1976 to be enforced effectively; repeal any provision of law that prohibits night shifts for women; comprehensive review of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplaces Act, 2013; establish a separate investigative agency to investigate heinous crimes against women and children.”

Economic policy
“Congress promises to achieve the target of 3% of GDP by 2020-21 and remain under that limit; achieve a savings level of 40% of GDP and a Gross Capital Formation level of 35% of GDP; bring every Fortune 500 company to set up a business in India; withdraw Angel Tax.

“Congress promises to increase the share of India’s manufacturing sector from the current level of 16%of GDP to 25% within a period of 5 years and to make India a manufacturing hub for the world.”

Public infrastructure and urban policy
“Congress promises to modernize all outdated railway infrastructure; formulate a comprehensive policy on Urbanization; Right to Housing for the urban poor and protection from arbitrary eviction; introduce a new model of governance for towns and cities through a directly elected mayor with a fixed term of 5 years, an elected Council and a separate administrative structure for each urban body.”

National security
“Will ensure defense spending is increased to meet requirements of the Armed Forces; evolve suitable policies to address data security, cyber security, financial security, communication security; rapidly expand domestic capacity to manufacture defense and security equipment.

Foreign policy
“Congress promises to establish a National Council on Foreign Policy; re-double the efforts to win for permanent membership India in the UNSC and the Nuclear Suppliers Group; significantly increase the size of the Foreign Service.”

Honors/ Awards