The former state unit chief Chandrabhan had resigned from the post immediately after assembly poll debacle.

The first meeting of the newly elected Congress Legislature Party (CLP), which was slated for Tuesday to elect new leader, could not take place due to absence of Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The party won 21 seats in the 200-member state assembly in the elections last year.

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.

Pilot's appointment as PCC chief comes a month after the party's poor performance in the desert state.

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.

Welcoming his appointment, AICC general secretary in-charge for Rajasthan Gurudas Kamat said it is an "excellent choice" and Pilot will give a "new direction" to the PCC.

"It is an excellent choice. He is a young and dynamic leader, who has proved his popularity. He comes from a very good family with his father and mother having already served the citizenry of the state. I am sure he will give a clear direction to the PCC in Rajasthan," Kamath said.


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