Congress president polls: Sonia Gandhi tells Gehlot Tharoor ‘doesn’t take sides’


Rajasthan’s chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, met with interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday after suggesting he could contest the election for the post of party chairman due to take place on October 17. According to a report by the The Bharat Express News, the interim president of Congress has said she will not take sides in the upcoming elections for the next party chairman.

The conversation took place between Gehlot and Gandhi at the residence of 10 Janpath. The report further suggested that Gandhi made similar statements to Gehlot contender Shashi Tharoor, while giving him the nod to submit nomination for the polls.

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The meeting between Gehlot and Sonia Gandhi comes just a day before the Congress’ central electoral authority was due to issue a message for the All India Congress Committee (AICC) presidential poll.

Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor had met Sonia Gandhi two days ago to discuss his candidacy for the election of party chairman. Notably, Tharoor is also among the G-23 leaders who wrote to Gandhi about the need for crucial changes in the party’s functioning.

Ashok Gehlot met Congress Speaker Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday in the national capital, Delhi, hours after hinting that he might participate in the AICC’s presidential campaign.

Speaking to reporters in Delhi, Gehlot said, in a clear indication that he could throw in his hat to the Congress presidential poll, that he will submit his nomination if the party people wish and take all the responsibility that falls to him. has been entrusted, will fulfill.

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“The party and the commander-in-chief have given me everything. I have been in posts for 40-50 years. For me, no post is important, I will fulfill every responsibility given to me,” he said.

The Rajasthan CM is scheduled to fly to Kochi where Rahul Gandhi continues his Bharat Jodo Yatra. Gehlot has repeatedly stated that he would try to convince Rahul Gandhi to run for the party chief of office.

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After more than two decades, Congress is likely to see a contest for the post of chief, with Shashi Tharoor poised to do battle after meeting Sonia Gandhi and Gehlot, signaling that he will throw in his hat as Rahul Gandhi does not agree to take the reins of the party.

The process of submitting nominations for the election will take place from September 24-30.

The election, if there is more than one candidate, will take place on October 17, while the counting of votes, if necessary, and the announcement of the results will take place on October 19.

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