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Gehlot vs Tharoor may face off in Congress’s presidential election as Sonia assures Gandhi of neutrality

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh says no one needs anyone’s approval to contest Congress Presidential election

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh says no one needs anyone’s approval to contest Congress Presidential election

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor may face a contest in the upcoming presidential election in the Congress party as Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday assured Mr Tharoor that the Gandhi family will remain “neutral” in the presidential election.

Ahead of his meeting with Ms. Gandhi, Mr. Tharoor had made it clear that he was all set to contest the election by supporting an online petition asking potential candidates to initiate organizational reforms and the decisions taken at the Udaipur Conclave. was asked to implement.

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The meeting between the Congress president and Mr Tharoor, sought by Mr Tharoor, takes place three days before the party officially notified the elections on September 22.

The neutrality of the Gandhi family also means that Mr Gehlot, who has so far been a reluctant contender in the party’s presidential elections, cannot be seen as the ‘official candidate’ of the party’s founding.

Sources claimed that Mr. Gehlot is yet to clarify his position, but he may file his nomination after the auspicious period of Navratri begins on September 26.

on 23 August, Hindu had reported that Ms. Gandhi asked Mr. Gehlot to lead the party,

The Gandhi-Tharoor meeting also took place on a day when the Pradesh Congress Committees (PCCs) of Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir and Mumbai called for Rahul Gandhi to take back the reins as the next party, following Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat. asked for chief. Sources said Mr Gandhi has pulled himself out of the race completely.

During her 40-minute meeting on Monday, Ms. Gandhi told Mr. Tharoor that competition for the party president’s post was a positive thing and would reap its benefits. In what was his first political engagement since returning from abroad on Friday night, the Congress chief didn’t stop the Kerala MP from throwing his hat in the ring.

“Whoever wants to contest is free and you are welcome to do so. This has been the consistent position of Congress President and Rahul Gandhi. It is an open, democratic and transparent process. “Nobody needs anybody’s permission to contest elections,” Congress communications chief Jairam Ramesh said. Hindu In response to reports that Mr Tharoor had sought Ms Gandhi to go ahead.

Relying on reports that he was all set, Mr Tharoor tweeted, “I welcome this petition being circulated by a group of young members of @INCIndia, calling for constructive reforms in the party. is demanding. It has collected over 650 signatures so far. I am happy to support it and go beyond it.”

The petition Mr Tharoor was referring to is an initiative by some young leaders of the party, urging presidential candidates to “induct party members from block committees into the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and Udaipur”. Take a public pledge to fully implement the Declaration within 100 days of assuming office”.

The post of Congress President has been held by the Gandhi family since 1983, except for a brief period between 1992 and 1998, when PV Narasimha Rao and Sitaram Kesari took over. Ms. Gandhi became president in 1998 and has held the position since then, except for her son’s two-year term.

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