Multi-cornered contest on playing cards as extra leaders eye Congress chief put up; Rahul unlikely to be in fray | IndiaNews

NEW DELHI: The race for the Congress president’s put up is more likely to flip right into a multi-cornered contest because the social gathering on Thursday set the ball rolling for electing the successor to its longest-serving chief Sonia Gandhi
After senior leaders Ashok Gehlot and Shashi Tharoor, social gathering spokesperson Manish Tewari has expressed his want to contest the upcoming elections for the highest Congress put up, based on sources. The record of contenders might develop additional as leaders like Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh are additionally purported to throw their hat within the ring.
In the meantime, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has all however dominated himself out of the race, parried questions on his participation within the election however spoke in regards to the duty the put up represents.
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Now, Manish Tewari eyeing Cong president put up?
Former Union minister Manish Tewari is the newest among the many record of contenders purported to be within the fray.
Sources near the Sri Anandpur Sahib MP mentioned on Thursday that he’s contemplating throwing his hat within the ring after Sonia Gandhi made it clear that anyone can run within the ballot.
Tewari’s consideration to contest comes amid the reviews of a number of social gathering prime leaders being within the fray.
Tewari is a part of the G-23, a gaggle of dissenters who had written to Sonia Gandhi searching for reforms within the social gathering.
In line with reviews, different leaders like Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath are additionally contemplating nominating themselves for the elections. Singh is predicted to satisfy social gathering interim chief Sonia Gandhi later right now.
To this point, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor are mentioned to be the highest contendors for the put up.
Rahul’s message for Gehlot, Pilot
In the meantime, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday despatched out a transparent message to Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and his rival Sachin Pilot that the social gathering is predicted to comply with the “one-man, one-post” pledge taken on the chintan shivir in Udaipur this yr.
Rahul’s comment comes a day after Gehlot indicated that he would maintain on to the chief minister’s put up even when he turns into the social gathering president.
Occasion sources mentioned that Gehlot, 71, fears he will probably be changed by his former deputy Sachin Pilot, whose insurrection practically introduced down his authorities in 2020.
Earlier, Digvijaya Singh had reiterated that if Gehlot turns into the social gathering chief, he would “need to stop as CM, as per the Udaipur declaration”.
Rahul’s affirmation to the Udaipur pledge is seen as a setback for Gehlot, who might have to decide on between the presidency and the chief minister’s put up in case he wins. Alternatively, it was an enormous increase for Pilot, who has been eyeing the CM’s put up in Rajasthan because the Congress got here to energy in 2018.
An ‘recommendation’ to contend
Rahul dodged questions on his personal participation within the coming elections, however gave a bit of recommendation to whoever goes on to carry the put up.
He mentioned that whoever turns into the president of the social gathering ought to do not forget that the put up represents a set of concepts, a perception system and a imaginative and prescient of India.
One other piece of recommendation he had for the contestants within the social gathering’s presidential polls was that “you’re taking a historic place. A place that defines and has outlined a specific view of India.”
Although Rahul has not particularly dominated himself out of the competition, the Gandhi scion’s Bharat Jodo Yatra schedule signifies he might not contest in spite of everything.
The nomination course of for the elections will start on September 24 and conclude on September 30. The leaders who want to take part within the elections should bodily submit the kinds in Delhi.
Since Rahul has a packed schedule throughout these dates and is surprising to be within the nationwide capital, it’s all however clear that he’s out of the fray for now.
Sonia impartial however is Gehlot the social gathering choose?
It has lengthy been speculated that Gehlot could be the management’s selection for the put up if Rahul declines to take part within the race.
In a primary indicator of leaders taking sides, social gathering spokesperson Gourav Vallabh voiced express assist for Gehlot.
“Like crores of employees, my first want is that Rahul Gandhi ji ought to present his management to the Congress and the nation. But when Rahul Gandhi ji stays steadfast on his determination (of not taking over the Congress chief put up) and one has to decide on between the 2 names which might be showing in public dialogue, then there is no such thing as a comparability between the 2,” Vallabh mentioned.
On one hand, there may be Ashok Gehlot who has the expertise of being a Union minister, thrice chief minister, 5 instances MP, 5 instances MLA, and who has defeated Modi-Shah in a direct contest and who has had 45 years of ” spotless” political life, Vallabh mentioned.
Nonetheless, Congress president Sonia Gandhi is realized to have informed each Gehlot and Tharoor that she would stay “impartial” within the polls.
Freeze kicks off course of
Kicking off the month-long course of, the Congress’s central election authority on Thursday issued notification for the AICC president polls.
In line with the notification issued by the social gathering’s central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry, the method for submitting nominations for the election will probably be held from September 24 to 30.
The scrutiny of the nomination papers would happen on October 1, whereas the final date of withdrawal of nominations could be October 8. The ultimate record of candidates could be printed at 5pm on October 8.
Polling, if required, will happen on October 17. The counting of votes and the declaration of outcomes could be on October 19.
Over 9,000 Pradesh Congress Committee delegates will vote within the polls. The social gathering had additionally assured leaders that these eager to file nomination will be capable to see the record of all 9,000 delegates from the workplace of central election authority on the AICC workplace since September 20.
This would be the first time in over twenty years that the grand previous social gathering will see a contest for the put up of social gathering chief.
Sonia Gandhi is the longest-serving social gathering president who has been on the helm since 1998, barring the 2 years between 2017 and 2019 when Rahul Gandhi took over.
The social gathering final noticed a contest for the put up in November 2000. Jitendra Prasada had misplaced to Sonia Gandhi in 2000 and previous to that Sitaram Kesri had defeated Sharad Pawar and Rajesh Pilot in 1997.
With Rahul Gandhi more likely to follow his stance of not taking over the mantle of social gathering president once more, it appears the social gathering may have its first non-Gandhi president in over twenty years.
(With inputs from companies)

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