Congress President Sonia Gandhi told Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot that she will not give her personal approval to any Congress presidential poll contestant, reported ANI.
According to sources, Sonia Gandhi told Gehlot that the party's presidential election would be free and fair.
The principle of ‘one person one post’ will come up only when the candidate will be finalised and will win, Sonia Gandhi told Gehlot.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who met Sonia Gandhi recently, had said to the Congress leadership that he wanted to stay on as Rajasthan Chief Minister for a while even if he became the party chief.
Gehlot also said he was ready to fulfill any responsibility that was given to him and that post was not important to him.
Gehlot had also assured the Rajasthan MLAs that he was not going anywhere.
Congress is preparing to hold its first presidential election in 22 years. A face-off is being expected between two non-Gandhi candidates, party MP Shashi Tharoor and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Two days ago, Sonia Gandhi had greenlit Tharoor’s candidature, reportedly saying that the Gandhi family would remain completely neutral in the contest.