Congress issues notification to elect new president
New Delhi, September 22, 2022
The Congress' central election authority on Thursday issued the notification for the election of a new president of the party.
According to the notification, while the nomination forms will be available from Thursday, the filing of nominations can be done between September 24 and 30.
Scrutiny of nomination will take place on October 1, and the same day, a valid candidate list will be published. The last date of withdrawal is October 8, following which a final list will be brought out.
The poll, if necessary, will be held on October 17 and counting of votes will take place on October 19.
Amid hectic political lobbying, there is likely to be a contest between Ashok Gehlot and Shashi Tharoor while Suresh Pachauri also met Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday, besides Mukul Wasnik and Pawan Bansal.
Ashok Gehlot had met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday and the meeting lasted for two hours, after which he left for Kerala to join Rahul Gandhi's "Bharat Jodo Yatra".
Sources said that Sonia Gandhi has asserted that the poll would be fair and she would not endorse any candidate. Apparently, the issue of Rajasthan was also discussed in the meeting but there is no official word on it.
Gehlot is expected to file his nomination next week for the president's post. However, he is reluctant to leave the Chief Minister's chair in Rajasthan.
Gehlot, who arrived in the national capital on Wednesday morning, had told the media ahead of the meeting that he will not back out from any responsibility. "I will not back out from any responsibility and will serve the party wherever and in whichever capacity I am required," he had said.
Gehlot expressed his willingness in shouldering all the responsibilities given and hinted that he can manage the posts of both the party chief and chief minister simultaneously. He had said that he is not aspiring for any post but wants to work towards ousting the "fascist" (BJP) government.
Meanwhile, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday visited the AICC office on Wednesday to check the delegates list ahead of the notification process.