‘Good for internal democracy’: Ashok Gehlot hints at party prez poll contest

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With more than 10 state units of the Congress party passing resolutions asking Rahul Gandhi to take back the party reins, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot appears to be assessing the situation closely as he appears poised to run for the post of Congress chairman. Gehlot also welcomed the idea of ​​fighting Shashi Tharoor, MP from Congress Thiruvananthapuram, for the post.

“The competition must take place, it is good for internal democracy,” Ashok Gehlot said, according to PTI news agency.

Earlier, Ashok Gehlot spoke of trying to persuade Rahul Gandhi to hold the presidential position one last time. Rahul Gandhi is currently at the rural ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ and is currently in Madavana where he paid floral tribute to social reformer Sree Narayana Guru.

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Another Congressman from Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot, joined Rahul Gandhi today in the foot march that will go all the way from Kerala to Kashmir.

Ashok Gehlot also confirmed that he will abide by party employees’ wishes on the issue of contesting presidential elections. He also announced that he will submit his nomination if the party so desires and will fulfill all the responsibility assigned to him.

“The party and the high command have given me everything. I have been in posts for 40-50 years. No post is important to me, I will take any responsibility the party imposes on me,” he told PTI news agency.

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However, he will still visit Kochi to meet Rahul Gandhi and make a last-ditch effort to convince him to take the post of party chairman.

Consent from Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi is not required to participate

The Congress Party also made it clear on Wednesday that consent from Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi is not required to contest the party’s presidential elections.

“Everyone is free and welcome to participate in the elections if they have the support of 10 PCC deputies and no one needs the consent of the Congress President or Rahul Gandhi to submit a nomination,” said Jairam Ramesh, general secretary of the congress, responsible for communications.

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“The elections will be fair and transparent. No other political party in the country is holding elections to choose their party leader,” he added.

He also invoked the “view” of legendary Congress leader and former party chairman K Kamaraj, who “talked to everyone and found a suitable consensus choice” to lead the party. “If consensus is not possible, then elections are desirable. We are not running away from holding elections,” he said.

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