Ashok Gehlot
Gehlot in 2023
25th Chief Minister of Rajasthan
Assumed office
17 December 2018
GovernorKalyan Singh
Kalraj Mishra
DeputySachin Pilot (until 14 July 2020)
Preceded byVasundhara Raje
Additional ministries
Assumed office
27 December 2018
Ministry and Departments
  • Finance
  • Taxation
  • Home & Justice
  • DOP
  • GAD
  • Cabinet Secretariat
  • NRI
  • IT & Communication
  • Rajasthan State Investigation Bureau
  • DIPR
Preceded byVasundhara Raje
In office
13 December 2008 (2008-12-13) – 12 December 2013 (2013-12-12)
Preceded byVasundhara Raje
Succeeded byVasundhara Raje
In office
1 December 1998 (1998-12-01) – 8 December 2003 (2003-12-08)
Preceded byBhairon Singh Shekhawat
Succeeded byVasundhara Raje
Member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
1 December 1999
Preceded byMan Singh Deora
General Secretary (Organisation) of
In office
December 2017 – January 2019
Succeeded byK. C. Venugopal
Union Minister of State for Tourism and Civil Aviation
In office
31 December 1984 – 26 September 1985
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi / Rajiv Gandhi
Deputy Union Minister for Sports
In office
7 February 1984 – 31 October 1984
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Textiles
In office
21 June 1991 – 18 January 1993
Prime MinisterP. V. Narasimha Rao
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
In office
Leader of the House in Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
Personal details
Born (1951-05-03) 3 May 1951 (age 72)[1][2]
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India[1]
Political partyIndian National Congress
SpouseSunita Gehlot
Residence(s)13, Sawai Pratapsingh Rd, Madrampur, Civil Lines, Jaipur

Ashok Gehlot (born 3 May 1951) is an Indian politician serving as the 25th and current Chief Minister of Rajasthan since 2018.[3] He held this position from December 1998 to 2003, and from 2008 to 2013.[1] He represents Sardarpura constituency of Jodhpur as Member of Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan since 1999. He was a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Jodhpur from 1991 to 1999 and from 1980 to 1989 and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Textile from 1991 to 1993, Tourism and Civil aviation from 1984 to 1984 and Deputy Union minister for Sports from 1984 to 1984. He was also 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 in 2017 Gujarat Legislative Assembly election.[4]

Personal life

Ashok Gehlot is the son of Laxman Singh Gehlot, a magician who used to travel around the country to show his magic tricks.[5] He belongs to Mali caste.[6][7][8][9][10] Gehlot's father served as the president of the Jodhpur Municipal Corporation for two terms, as the vice president for one term and was a mining contractor.[11] 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.[1] His son Vaibhav Gehlot is a politician who contested in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019 from Jodhpur.[12]

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.[13] 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.[5]

Political career

Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, launching the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), at Banswara, Rajasthan

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.[14]

Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, calls on senior BJP leader and cabinet minister Digamber Singh, after the latter’s arrival post-treatment in the United States.

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.[14]

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.[15]

The Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar with the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot at the Chief Ministers' Conference on Internal Security, in New Delhi on April 16, 2012.

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.[16] He remained at the position till 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.[17]

In 2022, it was reported that Sonia Gandhi supports Gehlot leading Congress in the next Indian general election.[18]

Ashok Gehlot recently announced that he is in favour of conducting a caste census. He announced that a six per cent additional reservation for the most backward castes within the Other Backward Class (OBC) category in the state will be provided. [19]

Administrative policies

Right to Health bill

In 2023, Ashok Gehlot's government brought the "Right to Health" bill, which was aimed at providing free medical facilities to all the residents of Rajasthan in every medical establishment in the state. The bill provided that every health establishment, whether public pr private, located in Rajasthan will have to provide health facilities in emergency situation free of cost to patient, who is a resident of Rajasthan. Though hailed as a positive step by many, the bill's provisions were condemned by Indian Medical Association and the private doctors of the state. Many of them took to street against the bill and several concerns were raised upon viability of the scheme. The critics of the bill argued that it will brought the private establishment under tight control of bureaucracy, which will impede their proper functioning. The private medical facilities also protested on the fact that the bill hasn't described that how the private medical facilities will be reimbursed after providing free medical facilities to patients in emergency situation. The bill was also criticised for not defining the term "emergency situation". However, after the talks with the stakeholders, Gehlot's government was able to implement the provisions of bill with certain changes. It was informed by government authorities that the hospitals with less that fifty beds were excluded from enforcement of the provisions and only those private hospitals built with the government’s help or subsidies will have to implement the provisions.[20][21][22] With the bringing of universal right to health through this bill, Rajasthan became the first state in India to do so.[23][24]

Jaipur Metro Project

Manmohan Singh being presented a memento by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Phase-1B of Jaipur Metro, at Jaipur, Rajasthan on 21 September 2013.

In 2013, Gehlot also inaugurated the Jaipur Metro Project for bringing efficient transport infrastructure in the state of Rajasthan. The phase I-A of the project was laid down from Mansarovar to Chandpole, while the phase I-B was laid between Chandpole to Badi Chaupar.[25]

Kamdhenu Pashu Bima Yojna

On 12 April 2023, Gehlot launched Kamdhenu Pashu Bima Yojna, an insurance scheme for the milch animals for the resident cattle owners of Rajasthan. Under this scheme, a farmer needs to have at least two milch animal and his annual income shouldn't exceed eight lakh per annum for becoming a beneficiary. The government of Rajasthan also made this scheme available to the farmers having more than eight lacs as annual income, but in that case, they had to pay an annual premium of 200. The eligible beneficiaries were required to register for the scheme at their nearest Mehngai Rahat Camp (Inflation relief camps). Gehlot also organised the video conferences to connect directly with the people in order to make them aware of the scheme.[26] As per provision of this scheme, on the death of milch animal a compensation of 40,000 was announced to be provided per animal to the cattle owner as insurance claim. The scheme was made available to two animals per family, taking total benefits to ₹ 80,000.[27][28] This scheme, like many others were distributed at the instance of Gehlot through 2,500 Inflation relief camps running across the state, aiming to deliver ten flagship scheme of Gehlot's government to people.[29]

Positions held

Year Position
1980–84 Elected to the 7th Lok Sabha
  • Member – Public Accounts Committee 1980–82
  • Deputy Minister for Tourism 1982–84
  • Deputy Minister for Civil Aviation 1982–83
  • Deputy Minister for Sports 1984–84
1984–89 Elected to the 8th Lok Sabha
  • Union Minister of State for Tourism 1984–85
  • Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation 1984–85
1991–96 Elected to the 10th Lok Sabha
  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Textiles 1991–93
  • Member – Consultative Committee on Communication 1991–96
  • Member – Standing Committee on Railway 1991–96
1996–98 Elected to the 11th Lok Sabha
  • Member – Standing Committee on Railway 1996–98
  • Member – Consultative Committee on Communication 1996–98
1998–99 Elected to the 12th Lok Sabha
1999–2003 Member, Eleventh Rajasthan Legislative Assembly (Elected in by-election)
  • Chief Minister, Rajasthan
2003–08 Member, Twelfth Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
2008–13 Member, Thirteenth Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
  • Chief Minister, Rajasthan
2013–18 Member, Fourteenth Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
2018–Cont. Member, Fifteenth Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
  • 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


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Lok Sabha Preceded byR D Gattani Member of Parliamentfor Jodhpur 1980–1989 Succeeded byJaswant Singh Preceded byJaswant Singh Member of Parliamentfor Jodhpur 1991–1999 Succeeded byJaswant Singh Bishnoi Political offices Preceded byBhairon Singh Shekhawat Chief Minister of Rajasthan 1 December 1998 – 8 December 2003 Succeeded byVasundhara Raje Scindia Preceded byVasundhara Raje Scindia Chief Minister of Rajasthan 12 December 2008 – 13 December 2013 Succeeded byVasundhara Raje Scindia Preceded byVasundhara Raje Scindia Chief Minister of Rajasthan 17 December 2018 – present Succeeded byIncumbent