Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that party leader Rahul Gandhi had made it clear that no one from the Gandhi family should become the next party president. Rahul’s remark comes as the battle for the Congress presidential poll intensifies.
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#WATCH | Kerala: "I have requested him (Congress MP Rahul Gandhi) multiple times to accept everyone's proposal of becoming the Congress President. He made it clear that no one from the Gandhi family should become the next chief," said Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot pic.twitter.com/yEodA4l7fW— ANI (@ANI) September 23, 2022
While addressing the media in Kerala on Friday, Gehlot said, "I have requested him (Rahul Gandhi) multiple times to accept everyone's proposal to become the Congress President. He made it clear that no one from the Gandhi family should become the next chief."
Gehlot added that he would file his nomination for the election soon. He said the Opposition needs to be strong considering the current position of the country.
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot says, "It's decided that I'll contest (for the post of Congress President). I'll fix the date soon (to file his nomination). It's a need for the Opposition to be strong, looking at the current position of the country." pic.twitter.com/QwYlRhqYpM— ANI (@ANI) September 23, 2022
Ashok Gehlot and party MP Shashi Tharoor are seen as the likely contenders for the upcoming election. However, Congress committees across the country are holding meetings wherein a resolution is being passed stating that “we authorise the incoming Congress president to appoint PCC and AICC members.”
Despite the party's support, Rahul Gandhi himself has remained tight-lipped on his decision to run for the party’s presidential post. Earlier, he made a cryptic remark about his decision and said, “Whether I become president (of Congress) or not will become clear when the election for the presidential post takes place.”
While addressing the media in Kanyakumari, he said that if he does not file the nomination, then he should be asked why he was against taking the leadership and he would answer.
The election for the Congress presidential post is set to be held on October 17. Counting will be done on October 19.