New Delhi: The Congress on Friday named Ashok Gehlot as Rajasthan's next chief minister and Sachin Pilot his deputy after party president Rahul Gandhi successfully brokered peace between the veteran leader and his younger colleague following several rounds of discussions.

After Congress's observer to the state KC Venugopal made the announcement at a media briefing here, Gehlot thanked Gandhi for giving him an opportunity to serve the people of the state for the third time and promised that he and Pilot will give "good governance".

In a break from tradition, Gehlot's name was announced at the Congress office in Delhi instead of at a meeting of lawmakers in Rajasthan capital Jaipur.

Pilot exuded confidence that Congress's good electoral performance will continue, saying the party will get a big mandate in 2019 polls and form the government.

Pilot went down fighting. He argued that he moved to Rajasthan and took charge when the Congress had been reduced to just 20 lawmakers in the 2013 state elections. His other argument was that another Congress state chief, Kamal Nath, had been made chief minister.

"We will meet the governor today and will decide on the details of the oath-taking ceremony," Venugopal said.