Gehlot Confirms Congress President’s Candidacy, Gandhis Will Not Run | Latest India News


Rajasthan’s Chief Minister and senior Congress official, Ashok Gehlot, confirmed on Friday that he would run for the post of party leader. Speaking to reporters, Gehlot said Rahul Gandhi made it clear that “nobody from the Gandhi family should become the next leader”.

“It is decided that I will contest (for the position of President of Congress). I will set the date soon (to file his nomination). It is necessary for the opposition to be strong, looking at the current position of the country,” said said Gehlot.

“I asked him (Congress MP Rahul Gandhi) several times to accept everyone’s proposal to become President of Congress. He made it clear that no member of the Gandhi family should become the next leader,” he said. he added.

Gehlot’s confirmation added to buzz around the office of Rajasthan’s chief minister, who the veteran leader may have to leave in line with Chintan Shivir party reforms that called for “one party, one post”. When asked if he would step down as Chief Minister, the Congress leader reiterated that party leaders do not continue as CMs. However, he avoided an explicit “no”.

He added that Congress Secretary General Ajay Maken and Sonia Gandhi will decide what happens next “if I become the leader of the party”.

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The confirmation comes a day after Congress got the ball rolling to elect its next leader by issuing a notification for the ballot. A contest for party leader seems imminent after a gap of more than two decades, with Gehlot and Shashi Tharoor appearing set for an election face-off.

While acting Congress leader Sonia Gandhi said she would not take sides in the next election, Rahul Gandhi reminded those who wanted to run for party president that the post was not just organizational but also “ideological”.

Asked about his advice to those who challenge the poll, Gandhi said: “You are taking a position, which is a historic position, and it is a position that defines and has defined a particular view of India. The Congress President is not just an organizational position, the president of Congress is an ideological position.”

“It’s a belief system. So my advice would be that whoever becomes president of Congress remembers that he represents all Ideas, he represents a belief system and he represents a vision of India”, he added.

(With ANI inputs)


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