Ashok Gehlot, Rahul Gandhi | Photo: Unnikrishnan PG/ Mathrubhumi
Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has decided not to quit the office of CM, though he is set to contest the polls for Congress president. After visiting Sonia Gandhi, Gehlot will head to Kochi to meet Rahul Gandhi, who is leading Congress Bharat Jodo Yatra, and persuade him to contest for the post. If Rahul Gandhi is unwilling to take up the post, then he will act as per the party’s command, Gehlot informed his MLAs.
The Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee has taken the lead in passing a resolution backing Rahul Gandhi for the post, triggering similar expressions of support from the party units in several other states.
Gehlot assured that he is “not going anywhere” in a meeting of MLAs summoned by himself on Tuesday night. Ashok Gehlot has revealed his stance amid speculations that the CM’s post may go to his rival Sachin Pilot following his resignation after being elected as the party’s president.
It has been hinted that Gehlot requested Sonia Gandhi to continue as the president and he would take up the charge of working president along with the Rajasthan CM’s post.
The process of filing nominations for the organisational elections in the Congress begins on September 24 and will end on September 30, and Gehlot is increasingly being seen as a top contender for the post of the party's national president.
The last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 8 and the election, if required, will be held on October 17. The results will be out on October 19.
(with inputs from PTI)