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Tharoor supported the petition seeking ‘constructive reforms’ in the Congress; Meet Sonia Gandhi

The discussion has intensified regarding the possibility of him contesting the Congress Presidential election. Shashi Tharoor Supported a petition seeking “constructive reforms” by a group of youth party members and met AICC chief on Monday Sonia Gandhi Here.

The petition, shared by Tharoor on Twitter, sought rectification and a resolution to fully implement the Udaipur Declaration if AICC president is elected by candidates. The former Union Minister said that so far more than 650 people have signed it.

“I welcome this petition which is being circulated by a group of young members of @INCIndia, seeking constructive reforms in the party. It has collected over 650 signatures so far. I am happy to support this and go beyond this,” Tharoor tweeted along with a screenshot of the petition.

Soon after supporting the petition, Tharoor met party interim president Sonia Gandhi at her residence. However, he did not specify what happened during the meeting.

The meeting comes amid indications that Tharoor, who was among a group of 23 leaders who wrote to Gandhi in 2020 demanding organizational change, may contest the Congress president’s election and file his nomination.

The petition supported by Tharoor said, “We are members of the Congress party with a desire to strengthen the party to reflect the hopes and aspirations of our country.” The petition mentions certain principles of the Udaipur manifesto made on May 15, 2022, after the party’s brainstorming session.

“We appeal to every candidate in the election of the President of All India Congress Committee to take a public resolution to include party members from block committees. CWC and implement the Udaipur Declaration in its entirety within the first 100 days of assuming office,” the petition said.

The Congress in its announcement had announced sweeping organizational reforms to prepare the party’s fight for the next round of assembly. Lok Sabha Emphasis was placed on giving wider representation to people below 50 years of age in the election and enforcing the ‘one person, one post’ and ‘one family, one ticket’ rules with riders.

Asked about the possibility of him contesting for the post of Congress president, Tharoor told PTI earlier this month, “I have only welcomed the fact that there will be an election. I believe it is very good for the party. But as I have made it clear, I have not declared my candidature,” Tharoor had said.

“I am hopeful that many will contest elections to give wider choice to the membership. So far I have neither ruled myself nor dismissed myself,” the former Union minister had insisted.

The process of filing nominations for the elections will continue from September 24 to September 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 19 October.

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