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Congress President or not, Rahul will always have a prominent place in the party: Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday backed the consensus for the post of AICC chief and said that Rahul Gandhi There will always be a “pre-eminent position” in the party, whether he is president or not because he is the “sanctioned leader” of the rank and file.

As of now, Rahul Gandhi has refused to take over the post of party president but may change his mind, says former Union minister and Congress Working Committee The member said, a few days before the notification of election for the election of AICC chief.

In an interview with PTI, Chidambaram said there was no occasion for any controversy over the fairness and transparency of party president elections and added that Central Election Authority Chairman Madhusudan Mistry’s last statement on concerns of some leaders came on the first day of the election. , the matter would have been resolved.

Underlining that it is not the practice of any political party to publish the electoral college list, he said that the PCC-wise voter list would be available for inspection at the office of the concerned PCC, while the all India electoral roll would be available. For inspection at AICC office

“Every nominated candidate shall be entitled to get a copy of the voter list. Mr Mistry has since clarified these obvious points and MPs have said they are satisfied. The matter has been given rest,” Chidambaram said.

Lok Sabha members Shashi TharoorManish Tewari, Karti Chidambaram, Pradyut Bordoloi and Abdul Khaleque wrote to Mistry seeking clarity on the voter list issue, to which the party’s election panel chief clarified that whoever wants to file nomination for the post of Congress President , he will. From September 20, the Central Election Authority office of AICC will be able to see the list of over 9,000 PCC representatives.

P Chidambaram also asked whether the media had raised such issues when BJP Or any other party got its party elected.

“I can’t remember Mr JP Nadda asking for the voter list or filing my nomination!” They said.

Asked whether consensus or election would be better for the post of AICC president, Chidambaram said the election being the default option, “the better way – and all parties follow it – is to elect a national president by consensus”.

“If my recollection is correct, Mr. Nadda, and before him Mr. Amit Shah, Mr. Rajnath Singh and Mr. Gadkari, were all unanimously elected,” he said.

Asked whether Gandhi would heed the appeal of party workers and leaders, Chidambaram said he did not know the answer to the question.

“Rahul Gandhi is the acknowledged leader of the rank and file of the party. They want him to be made the president of the party as well. So far he has refused. He may change his mind,” the senior Congress leader told PTI.

Asked whether the Gandhi family would occupy a position of prominence in the party if a non-Congress president was elected, Chidambaram referred to the history of the Congress and pointed out that between 1921 and 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was the accepted leader of the party. The Congress, and later, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, one after the other, were the accepted leaders of the party.

“Apart from the leader, there were many persons who held the post of party president for one or two or three years. There have been periods in the history of Congress when the leader and the president were the same person, for a long time the leader and the president were different persons.

Rajya Sabha The MP said that if Rahul Gandhi is elected Congress president, he will be both leader and president, but if he is not, he will continue to be the accepted leader of the party and there will be some other person to hold the post of president.

Chidambaram said, “Rahul Gandhi will always have a prominent place in the party.”

Asked whether a person from a non-Gandhi family would have equal respect and authority, the senior leader said the post of Congress President carries with it a great tradition and history, huge powers and huge responsibilities. “I am sure whoever is elected Congress President will rise to the occasion and get respect among the leaders and the rank and file of the party,” he said.

The notification for the post of Congress President will be issued on September 22 and the process of filing nomination will be done from September 24 to 30.

The last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 8 and if required, the election will be held on October 17. The results will come on October 19. Talking about the Bharat Jodi of the party Travel Starting from Kanyakumari on September 7, Chidambaram said that what he saw in Tamil Nadu in the first two days, and what he gathered from his colleagues in Kerala, brought out a large number of inactive Congressmen and women and sympathizers. Joined hiking to homes and short or long distances.

He said hundreds more people stood by the roadside and welcomed and encouraged Rahul Gandhi and the passengers.

“It means that the elephant has woken up. Thousands are hearing an ancient, yet new message: that this country cannot be allowed to be divided by hatred or anger or communal conflict; that there is love and tolerance and fraternity. will unite the people of the country; and only such unity can form the basis of economic and social progress,” said Chidambaram.

He said that this message is very different from the divisive and hate messages that we have heard in the last seven years.

Chidambaram quoted lines from a poem written by Tamil poet Subramaniam Bharathi a hundred years ago, which translates to, “So that this country may rise as one, come forward to do a great cause! Come! Come!”.

“As this message resonates across the country, it will surely rejuvenate and revive the Congress,” he said.

On BJP’s criticism of the Yatra, Chidambaram said the ruling party was unprepared for the kind of response the Yatra has received and alleged that its leaders resorted to misinformation, lies, jokes and abusive language. are.

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