Congress’ victory celebrations in Rajasthan on Tuesday were all about careful optics as its two top leaders in the state, a generation apart, displayed complete harmony and togetherness despite speculation of a tussle over who will be chief minister.
Three-time chief minister Ashok Gehlot drove to his younger colleague and state Congress chief Sachin Pilot’s home. Then the two posed for photos, their fingers splayed in a victory sign.
The celebrations that started in the morning dimmed in a few hours of counting as it was clear that the Congress’ victory was not quite the sweep that it expected.
Congress ended with 99 seats, one short of majority, making the win against the BJP not as emphatic as the party would have wished.