congress: Will contest Congress prez polls, no Gandhi in fray, says Ashok Gehlot

Congress stalwart Ashok Gehlot on Friday made it reputable that he would quickly document the nomination for the Congress president’s submit. Gehlot mentioned his last-ditch efforts to “convince” Rahul Gandhi to take over the birthday celebration’s best submit failed when Gandhi mentioned neither he nor any of the Gandhi members of the family would contest for the submit.

Gehlot mentioned the incumbent Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and AICC in-charge of Rajasthan Ajay Maken would hang discussions and come to a decision at the subsequent CM of Rajasthan. With this, the level is ready for demanding lobbying between Gehlot’s nominees together with BD Kalla, CP Joshi — or a marvel nominee — and the challenger Sachin Pilot for the executive ministership of Rajasthan as and when Gehlot steps down from the submit that he has held for just about 14 years now in 3 separate phrases.

“I will be able to be submitting the nomination for the Congress president’s election. I will be able to come to a decision the date quickly,” Gehlot instructed newshounds prior to he left Kochi for Jaipur. Gehlot, who went to Kochi to influence Rahul Gandhi for ‘one final time’ mentioned: “I asked Rahul Ji and instructed him that the Rajasthan unit and others have handed resolutions urging him to take over. I attempted my best possible. He instructed me that he has decided and that none from the Gandhi circle of relatives will contest. He made it transparent.”

He added, “Rahul ji instructed me ‘I do know they would like me to be leader and I recognize their want, however I’ve determined, for a reason why, {that a} non-Gandhi must be the Congress president”.

Stressing at the wish to improve the Congress, he mentioned: “The problem is set democracy. All of us are going for a brand new starting. The Opposition needs to be robust within the provide state of affairs”.September 24-30 is the duration for submitting nominations and Shashi Tharoor has already conveyed to Sonia Gandhi that he too is making plans to go into the fray. Despite the fact that extensively thought to be to breeze via within the tournament of a competition, Gehlot refused to talk on it by means of urging all and sundry to look ahead to the election procedure, together with the potential of a competition. He mentioned that even though there’s a contest, the Congress would paintings unitedly after it.

Remedy for Spokespersons’ Gehlot itch

After an AICC spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh already got here out in toughen of Gehlot’s candidature and took pot-shots at Shashi Tharoor, and amid indications of extra spokespersons straining on the leash to in a similar way sign up their ‘boundless admiration’ for his or her most likely long run Congress boss with an identical jibe at Tharoor, AICC in-charge of conversation, Jairam Ramesh, is learnt to have stepped in to inform birthday celebration spokespersons to chorus from such particular person displays and persist with their task.

In step with Congress insiders, Ramesh communicated to his colleagues: “I might strongly urge all spokespersons and office-bearers of the communications division of AICC to chorus from making any remark of any type on any colleague of ours contesting the elections for the submit of Congress president. All of us have our particular person personal tastes however our task is to simply spotlight that the Congress is the one political birthday celebration to have a democratic and clear machine in position for election to the submit of its president.”

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