Congress President Elections: Ashok Gehlot will not contest

The event occurs on the same day that Ms Gandhi will meet Mr Gehlot’s adversary, Sachin Pilot.

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Ashok Gehlot, the chief minister of Rajasthan, was the Gandhi family’s first choice to hold the party’s highest office, however, he announced his exit from contesting for the Congress presidency on Thursday as he left the home of Congress President Sonia Gandhi at 10 Janpath.

“I have apologised to Sonia Ji for what happened a couple of days ago,” Mr Gehlot told reporters, adding “it has shaken me and under these circumstances, I won’t be contesting for the Congress President’s post”.

The event occurs on the same day that Ms Gandhi will meet Mr Gehlot’s adversary, Sachin Pilot.

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The chief minister of Rajasthan, who had already declared his intention to run for president, was supposed to submit his paperwork on September 28.

However, the plot was foiled when MPs who were on his side refused to support the high command’s choice of Mr Pilot to succeed Mr Gehlot as governor of Rajasthan.

Three Gehlot aides—Shanti Dhariwal, Mahesh Joshi, and Dharmendra Rathore—were given a show-cause notice by Congress as a result of their reluctance to attend a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting.

Arriving in Delhi late on Wednesday evening, Mr Gehlot had told reporters that they have always worked with discipline and “small issues and internal politics within the family will be resolved”.

Although the Gandhi family had formally approved Mr Gehlot as their candidate for the party’s top position, the uprising by Gehlot supporters forced Congress’ top leadership to take a multifaceted strategy.

Senior leaders Ambika Soni and Anand Sharma tried to make amends with the Rajasthan Chief Minister while also implementing a plan to consider a different candidate.