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Congress President Elections: Gehlot alerts to MLAs he’ll contest if Rahul doesn’t; to satisfy Sonia

RAJASTHAN Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in the present day gave clear alerts to Congress MLAs from the state that he has made up his thoughts to contest for the publish of Congress president within the occasion of Rahul Gandhi not contesting. This got here even because the social gathering management indicated that the members of the Gandhi household, together with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, are unlikely to signal on the nomination papers of any candidate as proposers to indicate that they might stay “impartial” and that there is no such thing as a official or institution candidate.

At a shock assembly of Congress MLAs Tuesday night, Gehlot is learnt to have stated that he was a loyal social gathering man and would abide by no matter determination the management takes. He informed them he would meet Sonia in Delhi Wednesday and would fly right down to Kerala to satisfy Rahul Gandhi to persuade him “one final time” to contest and return as Congress president.

If Rahul doesn’t change his thoughts, he stated, he would do what the social gathering asks him to do.

Gehlot additionally invited all of the MLAs to come back to Delhi within the occasion of his submitting of nomination papers. The week-long window for submitting of nomination papers opens on September 24. Sources stated Gehlot might file his nomination papers after September 26.

Disclosing his plan to satisfy Rahul in Kochi to try to persuade him one final time, he informed the assembly: “If he (Rahul) doesn’t agree, and if the social gathering asks me to do one thing – I’ve by no means stated no — and if I’ve to fill the shape, I’ll name all of you (for submitting the nomination).”

He additionally informed the MLAs he won’t ever be distant from Rajasthan.

Speaking to reporters exterior the Chief Minister’s residence after the assembly, Rajasthan Cupboard Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas stated: “The Chief Minister stated that if he fills up the shape (for the publish of president) it will likely be when the social gathering directs him to take action and he has all the time adopted (the management’s instructions).”

Requested who would be the Chief Minister if Gehlot turns into the social gathering president, Khachariyawas stated: “Ashok Gehlot is the Chief Minister and can proceed to be. There may be nothing (pointing on the contrary). He stated he isn’t leaving Rajasthan. When Chief Minister Gehlot himself is getting ready for the Funds, it implies that the Chief Minister shouldn’t be going anyplace and might be in Rajasthan.”

However there’s uncertainty on whether or not Gehlot will resign earlier than submitting his nomination. Gehlot is claimed to be eager that he be allowed to proceed as Chief Minister for some extra time or an individual “shut” to him is appointed as his successor. Whereas Congress sources denied such speak, there’s rigidity in each Gehlot and Sachin Pilot camps.

The Pilot camp is eager that Gehlot step down earlier than he information his nomination papers and a successor is appointed. Pilot’s supporters are cautious that if Gehlot continues as Chief Minister and is elected Congress president, he may have a “large say” in selecting his successor and it is probably not Pilot.

Pilot Tuesday reached Kochi to hitch the yatra with Rahul Wednesday.

AICC normal secretary Okay C Venugopal, who was with Rahul, flew right down to Delhi and was closeted with the Congress president for practically an hour. He then formally declared that the social gathering management would stay “impartial.”

“We have now already declared that anyone can contest on this election. That’s the social gathering’s stand. That can also be the stand of the management. Whoever contests… the management will take a impartial stand,” Venugopal stated.

On Monday Shashi Tharoor had met Gandhi and conveyed to her that he’s contemplating contesting for the highest publish. Whereas virtually all the social gathering, together with the management, expects a contest, some leaders imagine there could possibly be greater than two candidates. Like Tharoor, G-23 chief Manish Tewari, too, is claimed to be contemplating throwing his hat within the ring. It’s unlikely that each of them will contest. Tharoor has indicated he’ll keep away if a member from the Gandhi household is within the fray and Tewari is claimed to be of the view that the election mustn’t go uncontested.

In the meantime, three extra states Haryana, Kerala and Jharkhand Tuesday handed resolutions urging Rahul to return to the helm taking the overall variety of states which have demanded Rahul as president up to now to 10.

Stated Venugopal: “Rahul Gandhi has not informed us something. Neither has he informed us that he’ll contest… If the folks believe in Rahul Gandhi, why can’t Congress employees believe in him? All of the states are demanding… We wish Rahul Gandhi (as President)… it’s their view. Shouldn’t the social gathering leaders have that a lot freedom?”

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