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Congress presidential election: Ashok Gehlot in Delhi, fog clears on his title, thickens round ‘alternative’ Rajasthan CM

Forward of his assembly with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Wednesday mentioned he’ll contest for the highest put up if the management asks him to take action. He additionally made it amply clear that he needs to proceed as CM within the state.

In his first public assertion on the difficulty of Congress presidentship, Gehlot mentioned he will be unable to show down any course from the management, that means the Gandhis. After his assembly with Sonia, Gehlot is to fly right down to Kerala to satisfy Rahul Gandhi.

On remaining the CM, Gehlot mentioned: “The occasion has given me every little thing. I’ve been holding varied posts for the final 40-50 years. Posts and positions are usually not essential to me. Fulling the duties given to me is extra essential… In the present day I’m the CM… I’m fulfilling that accountability… nibhata rahunga major (I’ll maintain fulfilling that).”

In the meantime, Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor, who could face off towards Gehlot for the Congress president election, met Madhusudan Mistry, who’s overseeing the method because the occasion’s central election authority, on the AICC workplace.

Mistry is believed to have instructed Tharoor and the opposite MPs that the checklist of all 9,000-plus delegates for the election will probably be obtainable at his workplace at AICC, Delhi, from September 20 (nominations start on twenty fourth). The contestants might decide the ten members whose help they want from the checklist, throughout states, and procure their signature for nomination, the MPs mentioned.

Requested in regards to the ‘one man, one put up’ rule, touted as a significant organisational reform reiterated by the occasion on the Udaipur Chintan Shivir, Gehlot argued that it coated these posts to which one was nominated. “Right here, it’s an open election, anyone can contest, anyone from the 9,000 delegates, be it an MP, MLA, minister or CM. Say, a state minister needs to contest, it could be that she or he stays a minister and turns into the Congress president.”

Requested particularly whether or not he’ll stay CM, Gehlot mentioned: “Time will inform… However I wish to be in a spot the place my presence advantages the occasion… wherever I’m… one put up, two posts, three posts, or with none put up.”

Gehlot claimed he loved the belief of everybody within the occasion. Requested in regards to the Gandhi household’s religion in him, he mentioned: “Gandhi parivar ka toh hai hello hai, jitne Congress jan hain, un sab ke parivaron ka vishwas mere upar hello hai (It’s not simply the Gandhi household, all of the individuals within the Congress, their households too belief me). And I’m fortunate that Congress individuals throughout the nation love and belief me… So I received’t be capable of say no. Jahan mujhe kahenge… type bharna hai, major type bharoonga (Wherever they inform me to fill the shape, I’ll). I’ll speak to my pals too.”

Reiterating that he didn’t hanker for posts, Gehlot mentioned: “Left to me, I’d not take up any put up… I need to take part in Rahul Gandhi’s yatra. The scenario the nation is going through at present, the issues earlier than the nation… the Structure is being subverted, democracy is in peril, the complete nation is being destroyed… At such a time do positions matter? With out posts too, one can do every little thing.”

Requested a couple of potential contest between him and Tharoor, Gehlot mentioned: “Such contests ought to occur… Solely then will individuals know that there’s democracy within the occasion. When Rajnath Singh turned (BJP) president, Amit Shah, J P Nadda turned presidents, was there any dialogue within the nation? We’re very fortunate that the media within the nation solely discusses the Congress.”

On his assembly with Rahul Gandhi, Gehlot mentioned he would use it to request him as soon as once more to take over as Congress president. “If he undertakes the yatra because the Congress president, there will probably be extra influence. I’ll go and speak to him, then I’ll resolve.”

Talking to the media in Kerala, on the sidelines of Rahul’s yatra, AICC basic secretary in-charge communications Jairam Ramesh mentioned that on September 23, saved apart as day without work, Rahul may go to Delhi. It is going to simply be to satisfy Sonia, who’s unwell and underwent some exams lately, Jairam mentioned.

“Rahul has not met his mom for the final 2-3 weeks. He’s additionally a human being. Will you not go and meet your mom if she is just not effectively? Based on the data I’ve now, if he goes to Delhi, it will likely be to satisfy his mom and to not file the nomination,” Jairam mentioned.

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