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Race for Congress president: It’s Shashi Tharoor vs Ashok Gehlot if Rahul Gandhi declines

Shashi Tharoor vs Ashok Gehlot

Shashi Tharoor vs Ashok Gehlot: If in case Rahul Gandhi declines to accept the post of Congress president and no one from the Gandhi family contests, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and MP Shashi Tharoor could be probable candidates for the upcoming party president elections.

Amid speculation that Gehlot could be running for the party president, the election for which is set to take place in October, sources close to the Rajasthan CM said that Gehlot is “trying to persuade Rahul Gandhi” to contest rather than filing own nomination.

The Rajasthan Chief Minister met Sonia Gandhi at her residence in Delhi a few weeks ago, in which, according to the sources, the Congress interim president had asked Gehlot to be prepared to decide the party chief.

However, the Rajasthan CM has maintained a distance from any such reports by refraining from making comments when asked whether the election would have a long-term impact on his politics in the state.

Many believe that Ashok Gehlot is backed by the top leadership to run for the post of Congress president.

Notably, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor is a candidate of the G-23 group within the party to contest the poll. Tharoor garners the support of several MPs as along with him, five other MPs had written a letter to Congress central election authority chairman Madhusudhan Mistry demanding that electoral roles should be made available to all.

On Monday, sources said that Shashi Tharoor has got the nod from Sonia Gandhi to contest the polls after he met her in the national capital. The nomination for the Congress president poll will start on September 24 and will conclude on September 30.

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