Sachin Pilot ('06) Appointed Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan State, India

Sachin Pilot (right), with the newly elected chief minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot (left), and Rahul Gandhi (middle), President of Indian National Congress

Sachin Pilot (right), with Ashok Gehlot (left), the newly elected chief minister of Rajasthan and Rahul Gandhi (center), President of Indian National Congress (@RahulGandhi/Twitter)

December 14, 2018

After a poor performance in the 2013 assembly elections during which it won only 21 of the 200 seats in the assembly, the Rajasthan Congress Committee gained 99 seats of the 199 in the just-concluded December 7th assembly elections, falling one seat short of forming a majority. Sachin Pilot—president of the Rajasthan Congress—is appointed as the deputy chief minister (CM) of the state. 

Pilot, a member of Asia 21's 2006 inaugural class, became a member of the Indian Parliament at just 26 years old, and is now Rajasthan's youngest deputy chief minister at 41 years of age.

As deputy CM, Pilot will work with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, himself a veteran of Indian politics having served two stints as Rajasthan's chief minister—from 1998 to 2003, and from 2008 to 2013. Gehlot also served as India's union minister.

The son of the late Rajesh Pilot—who also served as a member of India's parliament—Pilot received his bachelor's degree in English literature from St. Stephen's College, and his M.B.A degree from the Wharton School. He previously served as Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, and as Union Minister of State for Corporate Affairs with independent charge.