Will Rahul Gandhi Return as Congress President? Ashok Gehlot, a frontrunner for the post, drops a big hint

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Amid speculation about the next congressional president, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot dropped a big hint saying the party workers want Rahul Gandhi to return to the helm and work under his leadership.

Gehlot made a strong case for Rahul to take up the mantle of congressional chairman, saying that if that happens, the party will be strengthened and remain united to face challenges.

Gehlot, who is himself seen as a frontrunner for the post if Gandhi does not give in to the party’s calls to take charge, said the Gandhi family’s greatest quality is that they make decisions in the interest of the party.

“Why does every party member say that Rahul Gandhi should become party leader. Today too, why congressmen and women are after Rahul Gandhi that he becomes president, because if he becomes president, the party will stay united,” he told a press conference here ahead of time to the launch of the festival’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.

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The congressmen believe that Rahul Gandhi should become party chairman, he said.

“We lost an election in 2019 and he (Gandhi) resigned and took moral responsibility. He had said in CWC that he will do what the party asks him to do, but he doesn’t want to be a leader. We want him to be party leader and so our workers will work together under his leadership and leave no stone unturned, the party will advance, will be strengthened and face the challenges,” Gehlot said.

Major challenges lie ahead for the country and if Rahul Gandhi becomes the party chief it will be easier to tackle them, he added.

Gehlot praised the Gandhi family for its contributions and said that for 30 years no member of the Gandhi family became prime minister and it was not as if they were not given a chance like Sonia Gandhi, but she made Manmohan Singh the prime minister.

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She came into politics to unite the party that was falling apart, Gehlot said.

“We had to tell her that ‘if you don’t accept it and Congress falls apart, history won’t forgive you,’ we had to say that she wanted to go into politics and then see how she gained so much respect in the next 20 years.” 24 years,” said the senior congressional leader.

Several congressional leaders have publicly urged Rahul Gandhi to return as party leader. However, the uncertainty and tension over the issue remains. Several party insiders say Rahul Gandhi is adamant that he will not be the president of the All India Congress Committee (AICC).

Gehlot had tried in the past to downplay reports that he was the frontrunner for the post of Congress president, saying efforts would be made until the last minute to persuade Rahul Gandhi to take back the reins of the party. to take.

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Rahul Gandhi had resigned as president of Congress after the party suffered its second consecutive defeat in the 2019 parliamentary elections. Sonia Gandhi, who took back the reins of the party as interim president, had also offered to resign in August 2020. after an open revolt by a section of leaders called G-23, but the COR had urged it to continue.

Congress has announced the detailed schedule for the AICC presidential polls and the notice will be released on September 22. The nomination process for the election will be held from September 24 to 30. The last date to withdraw nominations is October 8, and the election will be held on October 17, if necessary. The results will be announced on October 19.

(with PTI inputs)