The entire Gandhi family went abroad with a question mark hanging over who would be the next president of the Congress. Congress leaders have been building pressure for the last few days for Rahul Gandhi to be reinstated as the president, and if not, at least for Sonia Gandhi to remain as the president. As everyone went abroad, that opportunity did not remain. In this situation, Congress leaders feel that no one outside the Gandhi family is going to become the party president. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is leading the race.
Election for Party President
Yesterday, Rahul and Priyanka left for Sonia Gandhi abroad for her health check-up. After that, Sonia will also visit her sick mother. Robert Vadra will also join them. A virtual meeting of Committee is being held to decide the date for the election of the party president on Sunday, August 28, during their foreign tour. Sonia and Rahul will join the video conference from abroad. Congress sources claim that the presidential election process will be completed by September 20.
However, it will be September 9 before Sonya returns home. As a result, she will not be in the country during the election process. Rahul, however, will be back before the rally against the price hike in Delhi on September 4.
But who will be the president? Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot met Sonia Gandhi at 10, Janpath on Tuesday morning. Sonia and Gehlot then tried to convince Rahul to become the president. Sources also said that Sonia herself went to Rahul’s house in the evening. Once Rahul makes up his mind, it is difficult to budge from there. Sonia knows that. So s asked Gehlot to take over as president.
Statement from Gehlot
Gehlot himself said yesterday, “I am hearing this in the media. I have been asked by the Congress high command to serve as the central observer for the Gujarat elections and as the chief minister of Rajasthan. The rest is unknown.” “Nobody knows, what will be the decision,” Gehlot said, adding that efforts will be made to convince Rahul in the end.
Like most Congress leaders, Gehlot is a qualified person for the presidency. He’s an OBC leader like Narendra Modi. Three-time chief minister. He is on good terms with the disgruntled leaders of the G-23 group. A confidant of the Gandhi family. Worked with Rajiv Gandhi, Narasimha Rao, and Manmohan Singh. Worked in charge of the organization of the party. But according to the sources, Gehlot is still reluctant to leave the post of Chief Minister of Rajasthan to Sachin Pilot. He wants to stay in Rajasthan until next year’s assembly polls.
If Gehlot does not agree, there is a plan to appoint two executive presidents, leaving Sonia Gandhi as the president. Rahul, however, will be the face of Congress in the elections. In that case, there is a fear that four power centers will be created within the party.