Ashok Gehlot

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Ashok Gehlot
Mr. Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister, Rajasthan. India.JPG
Ashok Gehlot, Former Chief Minister, Rajasthan, India
General Secretary, All India Congress Committee
In office
2017 – incumbent
12th Chief Minister of Rajasthan
In office
1 December 1998 (1998-12-01) – 8 December 2003 (2003-12-08)
Preceded by Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
Succeeded by Vasundhara Raje Scindia
In office
13 December 2008 (2008-12-13) – 12 December 2013 (2013-12-12)
Preceded by Vasundhara Raje Scindia
Succeeded by Vasundhara Raje Scindia
Union Minister of State for Tourism and Civil Aviation
In office
2 September 1982 (1982-09-02) – 7 February 1984 (1984-02-07)
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi / Rajiv Gandhi
In office
31 December 1984 – 26 September 1985
Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
Deputy Union Minister for Sports
In office
7 February 1984 – 31 October 1984
Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
Union Minister of State (Textiles) Independent Charge
In office
21 June 1991 – 18 January 1993
Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao
Personal details
Born 3 May 1951 (age 67)
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Sunita Gehlot
Children Vaibhav Gehlot
Sonia Gehlot

Ashok Gehlot (born 3 May 1951) is an Indian politician from Rajasthan. He is Congress party's national general secretary and in-charge of organizations and training .[1] He was the Chief Minister of Rajasthan from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2008 to 2013.[2] He hails from Jodhpur city of Rajasthan in India and is a member of the Indian National Congress. He represents Sardarpura constituency of Jodhpur as Member of Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan.


Ashok Gehlot, son of Babu Laxman Singh Gehlot, was born on 3 May 1951 in a Hindu Saini Kshatriyas Rajput family of Mandore, Mahamandir, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. A Science and Law graduate, he also holds a MA degree in Economics. He is married to Sunita Gehlot and has a son and a daughter. He is a Hindu and 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 refugees 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 organised Congress's student wing in the state.

Political career[edit]

Ashok Gehlot is considered as one of the most popular Chief Ministers of Rajasthan. During his tenure as Chief Minister of Rajasthan he was strong on development. He has been credited for his drought management and creation of 7 million-days' employment during severe droughts in Rajasthan.[3] Ashok Gehlot has held the following positions[4]

Paradise Papers[edit]

In November 2017 an investigation conducted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism cited his name in the list of politicians named in "Paradise Papers" allegations. Alhough he was relieved soon afterwards, when the committee found nothing scrupulous against his name. [5]

Membership of legislature[edit]

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 - Cont. Member, Twelfth Rajasthan Legislative Assembly

Positions held[edit]

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 - 2013 Chief Minister, Rajasthan

Other positions held[edit]

Year Position
1974 - 79 President, Rajasthan NSUI
1979 - 82 President, City District Congress Committee, Jodhpur
1982 General Secretary, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee
1985 - 89,1994–97, and 1997 - 99 President, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee
2004 - 08 General Secretary, All India Congress Committee
2017 - Present General Secretary, All India Congress Committee


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External links[edit]

  • All About Mr. Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister, Rajasthan, INDIA Website :
  • Ashok Gehlot on TOI Ashok Gehlot took everyone by surprise earlier this month when he decided to clamp down on Pravin Togadia of the VHP. The firebrand Hindutva leader was arrested for distributing trishuls and making inflammatory speeches. In a conversation with Neelabh Mishra, the chief minister defends his government’s action: [1]
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Preceded by
Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
Chief Minister of Rajasthan
Succeeded by
Vasundhara Raje Scindia
Preceded by
Vasundhara Raje Scindia
Chief Minister of Rajasthan
Succeeded by
Vasundhara Raje Scindia