Congress President Poll: The process of filing nomination for the election of Congress President is starting from Saturday. In this election, a contest can be seen between Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and party leader Shashi Tharoor. Nominations will be filed between September 24 and September 30. While the voting will take place on October 17. The results of the new Congress president election will be declared on October 19.
After 25 years, the Grand Old Party will get a president who will not be from the Gandhi family. Sitaram Kesari became the last party president in 1997, when he defeated Sharad Pawar and Rajesh Pilot.
Gehlot hit the beat
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday became the first person to announce his candidature for the AICC president election. He said that Rahul Gandhi has told him that no one from the Gandhi family should become the next party chief.
He also said that who would take over the reins of the Rajasthan government in his place would be announced by the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi and Congress’ Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken.
Gehlot’s statement came after former Congress President Rahul Gandhi had earlier this year advocated ‘one person, one post’ while referring to the Chintan Shivir reforms.
Gehlot said that Shashi Tharoor is likely to be the second contender and names of many others are also in the fray. Gehlot said that whatever be the motive, it should be that all Congress members should work together to strengthen the party.
“I will decide the date (for submission of nomination papers) after I go back (to Rajasthan), but I have decided that I will have to contest elections. It is a question of democracy and let us make a new beginning.”
Pilot meets Joshi
Congress leader Sachin Pilot met Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi on Friday amid speculations of change of power in the state. Pilot met Joshi in his chamber in the state assembly, where several party MLAs were also present.
According to party sources, Pilot is the main contender for the chief minister’s post, but Speaker Joshi’s name is also in the news. Joshi is a former state Congress president and was a contender for the post in 2008, but by one vote at that time. assembly elections were lost. Earlier in the day, both Gehlot and Pilot reached Jaipur after meeting the party high command.
However, none of the leaders commented on the latest developments. Gehlot, who was out of the state capital for three days, returned to Jaipur on Friday evening with Congress state president Govind Singh Dotasara.
He went straight from the airport to the Chief Minister’s residence. Gehlot had gone to Delhi on Wednesday. From there he went to Kochi and met Rahul Gandhi. He was in Maharashtra on Friday and had also visited the Sai Baba temple in Shirdi.
‘Pilot will be the next chief minister’
Rajasthan minister Rajendra Gudha claimed that Congress leader Sachin Pilot would soon become the next chief minister. Gudha claimed that all MLAs support Sachin Pilot. He also claimed that independent MLAs who were in favor of Ashok Gehlot would support Sachin Pilot.