Amid hectic discussions that have put Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at the forefront of the Congress president’s post, sources told CNN-News18 on Thursday that the election for the top post is likely to be postponed by a few weeks and the final schedule has been decided. Will go At the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting to be held on August 28.
Sources said the party chief is likely to be elected in October-November instead of the election process being completed by September 21. He said the decision to postpone the elections was taken as party leaders would be busy with the ‘Bharat Jodi Yatra’, which would begin on September 7 and the Gandhi family, including Sonia Gandhi, would travel abroad for the Congress chief’s treatment.
Moreover, it is also not clear who can file nomination, even Rahul Gandhi He has been reluctant to handle the affairs of the party since leaving the party in 2019 after the party was almost wiped out in the national elections.
Sonia Gandhi, who took over as the interim president at the request of the party after her son’s resignation, has already said so, citing her health. This leaves just one Gandhi – Priyanka Gandhi Vadra – to play the role, but she is also not interested in taking over the position.
CNN-News18 reported Amid talks of a new Congress chief on Wednesday, Gehlot seems to be Sonia Gandhi’s best bet, given her long administrative and political career, loyalty to the Gandhi family and ability to lead the party to victory in the 2024 elections. Happened.
Sources say that when Sonia Gandhi met Gehlot, she expressed her concern that Rahul Gandhi was unwilling to take the responsibility and was finding it difficult to find a contender for the top post.
There is also buzz that the ‘Bharat Jodi Yatra’ and the apparent launch of Rahul Gandhi are a last-ditch effort to persuade the former Congress chief to accept the top post. If the yatra is successful, Rahul Gandhi will be surrounded again. But Gehlot is at the forefront for the time being.
The Gehlot camp has not confirmed the development, but sources have confirmed that the Congress is looking beyond the Gandhi family for the top post. Gehlot himself has said that these things were coming out in the media and he was not aware of it.