Gehlot ‘Agrees’ to Run For Cong President, ‘Step Down’ as CM; Pilot to Stay in Delhi, Meet Party Brass Today

Congress Presidential Ballot Updates: Amid a lot confusion over whether or not Ashok Gehlot, one of many frontrunners for the Congress President submit, would step apart as Rajasthan Chief Minister if assuming the social gathering management, a constructive sign has come from the chief.

Gehlot, who had declared his intention to proceed as Rajasthan chief minister even when elected as Congress president, backed down after Rahul Gandhi said that the brand new social gathering chief must observe the “one man, one vote” precept. In keeping with a report by the Occasions of India, Rahul mentioned, “What we determined in Udaipur is a dedication of the Congress. So I anticipate that the dedication shall be maintained.” Instantly afterwards, Gehlot termed Rahul’s place “appropriate”, saying that no Congress president has ever been a chief minister.

In the meantime, Sachin Pilot is seeing help from the Rajasthan management to turn out to be the substitute of Gehlot in Rajasthan. The chief is anticipated to remain in Delhi and meet the social gathering brass at this time, mentioned sources.

Newest developments on the problem:

Will Assist Pilot as CM: Rajasthan Minister: Rajasthan minister Rajendra Gudha, one of many six BSP turned Congress MLAs, on Thursday mentioned they’d not oppose if Sachin Pilot is made the chief minister in case Ashok Gehlot turns into the social gathering president and quits the CM submit. Gudha, who’s Minister of State for Panchayati Raj and Rural Improvement and regarded near Gehlot, cleared his stand that he’s not with any face and mentioned the six MLAs would help anybody whom the social gathering excessive command chooses to run the federal government. “We’re with the choice of the social gathering management. No matter resolution Sonia ji, Rahul ji and Priyanka ji take, all of us six will welcome that. We’re with the social gathering,” Gudha instructed reporters right here. “Even when Bharosi Lal ji is made (CM) by Sonia ji, we’re with him,” he mentioned when requested whether or not he would oppose if Sachin Pilot is made the CM. Bharosi Lal is a Congress MLA. The BSP turncoats had supported Gehlot throughout political disaster in July 2020 after the then deputy CM Sachin Pilot revolted in opposition to the Rajasthan CM.

Gourav Vallabh Helps Gehlot, Bashes Tharoor: Congress chief Gourav Vallabh on Thursday hit out at Shashi Tharoor over his possible AICC president ballot bid, saying his “solely main contribution” to the social gathering was to ship letters to Sonia Gandhi when she was hospitalised. Within the first indicator of leaders taking sides within the upcoming contest for the highest submit, Vallabh additionally voiced help for an additional possible contender, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who many consider has the backing of the present management. Nevertheless, Congress president Sonia Gandhi is learnt to have instructed each Gehlot and Tharoor that she would stay “impartial” within the polls. “The selection may be very easy and clear,” mentioned Vallabh on Twitter.

In a late evening tweet, Tharoor posted former US president Theodore Roosevelt’s well-known speech often called “The Man within the Area”. “It’s not the critic who counts; not the person who factors out how the robust man stumbles, or the place the doer of deeds might have performed them higher. The credit score belongs to the person who is definitely within the area who on the worst, if he fails, at the least fails whereas daring vastly, in order that his place shall by no means be with these chilly and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat,” Roosevelt mentioned within the speech posted by Tharoor.

Congress Units Ball Rolling: The Congress on Thursday set the ball rolling for electing its chief by issuing a notification and a contest for the highest social gathering submit appeared imminent after a niche of over 20 years with senior leaders Ashok Gehlot and Shashi Tharoor wanting set for an electoral face-off. In feedback seen as yet one more indication that he could not contest, Rahul Gandhi instructed these keen to run for the social gathering presidency that the submit was not simply organisational but additionally “ideological” and that the individual occupying it should keep in mind that it represents a perception system. Gandhi additionally batted for the “one-man, one-post” idea in step with the Chintan Shivir reforms earlier this 12 months. His assertion got here a day after Gehlot hinted that he want to proceed because the chief minister even whereas assuming the submit of social gathering president. Gandhi’s definitive comment indicated that Gehlot could must give up as chief minister if he takes on the mantle of social gathering president however suspense persevered over whether or not he would get an individual of his option to helm the Rajasthan authorities, or the submit would go to his bete noire Sachin Pilot.

With inputs from PTI

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