Gehlot vs Tharoor Likely as Nomination Begins Today; Pilot Meets Raj Speaker, MLAs

The submitting of nomination for Congress presidential elections, which is more likely to see a contest between Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and social gathering chief Shashi Tharoor, is scheduled to start out from Saturday.

The nominations can be filed between 24 September and 30 September, whereas the voting can be held on 17 October. The outcomes for the brand new Congress chief can be declared on 19 October.

The grand outdated social gathering will see a non-Gandhi chief after 25 years with Sitaram Kesri being the final in 1997 when he defeated Sharad Pawar and Rajesh Pilot. Sonia Gandhi changed Kesri as social gathering chief in 1998 and stays the longest-serving social gathering president.

Gehlot Proclaims Ballot Bid

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot grew to become the primary particular person to announce his candidature for the AICC presidential ballot on Friday and stated Rahul Gandhi has instructed him that nobody from the Gandhi household ought to grow to be the following social gathering chief.

He additionally stated the decision on his successor to move the Rajasthan authorities can be taken by the social gathering’s interim president, Sonia Gandhi, and the Congress’s Rajasthan in-charge, Ajay Maken.

Gehlot’s remarks got here a day after former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi batted for the “one-man, one-post” idea within the social gathering, consistent with the Chintan Shivir reforms earlier this yr. With Shashi Tharoor more likely to be the second contender and the names of a number of others additionally doing the rounds for becoming a member of the fray, Gehlot stated the purpose needs to be that each one Congress members work collectively after the ballot to strengthen the social gathering.

“I’ll repair the date (to submit the nomination papers) after going again (to Rajasthan), however I’ve determined that I should contest. It’s a query of democracy and allow us to make a brand new begin,” Gehlot stated.

Pilot Meets Speaker Joshi

Congress chief Sachin Pilot on Friday met Rajasthan Meeting Speaker CP Joshi amid speculations of change of guard within the state as Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot cleared that he can be working for the put up of the Congress’ nationwide president. Pilot met Joshi in his chamber within the state Meeting, the place a number of social gathering MLAs have been additionally current.

In keeping with social gathering sources, Pilot is the principle contender for the chief minister’s put up, however Speaker Joshi’s identify can be doing the rounds. Joshi is a former state Congress president and was a contender for the put up in 2008 however misplaced the Meeting elections by one vote at the moment. Earlier within the day, each Gehlot and Pilot reached Jaipur after assembly the social gathering excessive command.

Nonetheless, not one of the leaders commented on the newest developments. Gehlot, who was out of the state capital for 3 days, returned to Jaipur Friday night with Congress state president Govind Singh Dotasra. 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 visited the Shirdi’s Sai Baba temple.

Raj Minister Says Pilot Subsequent CM

Rajasthan minister Rajendra Gudha claimed that Congress chief Sachin Pilot will grow to be the following chief minister quickly. Gudha claimed that each one the MLAs assist Sachin Pilot.

He additionally stated claimed that Unbiased MLAs who have been in favour of Ashok Gehlot will assist Sachin Pilot. This assertion comes as senior Congress chief Rahul Gandhi reiterated the social gathering’s “one-man, one-post” idea in strains with the Chintan Shivir reforms.

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