Congress President Election: Contest between Digvijaya, Tharoor and Gehlot?

The election to choose the person who will hold the top office of the nation’s oldest political party will formally begin with the release of the notification for the election of the Congress President’s post on Thursday.

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The election to choose the person who will hold the top office of the nation’s oldest political party will formally begin with the release of the notification for the election of the Congress President’s post on Thursday.

 

The Central Election Authority, which is led by prominent party leader Madhusudan Mistry, will issue this announcement.

 

The procedure for submitting nominations will run from September 24 through September 30 after the notification, according to the declared schedule for the election of the Congress President.

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The nomination papers would be examined on October 1. October 8 is the final day for withdrawing nominations. Voting will take place on October 17 and results will be announced on October 19 if there are multiple candidates.

 

Meanwhile, a number of candidates are thought to have surfaced to fill the position. Shashi Tharoor, the Member of Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram, reportedly told Sonia Gandhi he wanted to seek for the position during their Monday meeting. The Congress leader signalled that she would remain “neutral” in the elections when Tharoor announced his desire to run for AICC president, according to sources cited by PTI.

If former president Rahul Gandhi declines to take over the party’s leadership, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot suggested he would enter the race.

 

Gehlot also met with Sonia Gandhi, with who he reportedly said that he would try to persuade Rahul to take on the role of party leader and that it was time for him to lead the Congress as he is already opposing the Modi administration.

 

As to the most recent information, Congressman Digvijaya Singh will arrive in Delhi today. According to sources cited by news agency ANI, he is expected to meet party interim president Sonia Gandhi and is a possible candidate for the position of party president.

Notably, on Wednesday, the state Congress party organisations in Telangana and Punjab approved a resolution endorsing Rahul Gandhi for the position of party president.

 

Even while it appears that the Congress is going to have a struggle for the position of party head after more than 20 years, about a dozen Pradesh Congress Committees have so far come out in favour of Gandhi.

 

Tuesday saw the Haryana and Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committees (PCCs) joining the chorus in support of Rahul Gandhi becoming the new party leader.

 

Previously, Rahul was supported by party units in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, and Jammu and Kashmir.

 

Jairam Ramesh, the general secretary of the party, had made it clear that such decisions are not legally obligatory.

According to PTI, Shashi Tharoor, a member of the G-23 dissident group that has raised eyebrows in the party over its criticism of the current leadership, is facing overwhelming odds against him while Ashok Gehlot is seen as having the support and trust of the current regime.

 

After the failure of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, Rahul Gandhi resigned as the president of the Congress. Because the Coronavirus pandemic further delayed the elections, Sonia Gandhi was chosen interim president and has since continued to lead the grand old party.

 

The last election held by the party was in November 2000. Sonia Gandhi defeated Jitendra Prasad in 2000.