Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at this time denied that Sonia Gandhi had provided him the put up of Congress president and stated he would proceed to work as a disciplined soldier of the occasion.
“I am listening to this from the media. I do not learn about this. I am fulfilling duties which have been assigned to me,” Mr Gehlot instructed reporters in Gujarat.
“This has been doing the rounds within the media for a very long time. You retain speaking about it. No one is aware of what will be determined,” he remarked.
Mr Gehlot is seen because the front-runner for the put up if all three Gandhis flip it down. However he reasserted at this time that there was no query of anybody apart from Rahul Gandhi main the occasion.
“We are going to attempt until the final to make sure that Rahul Gandhi turns into Congress president,” he stated.
A report in The Hindu newspaper this morning stated Sonia Gandhi, earlier than flying overseas for a medical check-up, spoke with Mr Gehlot on Tuesday in a closed-door assembly and requested him to take over.
Talking to NDTV, Mr Gehlot stated he had paid a courtesy name earlier than going to Gujarat. “She has given me two duties – the Gujarat election and Chief Minister of Rajasthan. My job is to proceed as Chief Minister at current – that’s my duty and that there isn’t a anti-incumbency at current – and to take care of the elections of Gujarat,” he stated.
On whether or not he thought of himself a candidate for Congress president, he stated: “I by no means change into the candidate. I do regardless of the excessive command tells me. I’ve been a disciplined soldier all my life. I’ll stay so.”
The Congress has to elect a brand new chief by September 20.
Rahul Gandhi has refused to return as Congress president after he stop over the occasion’s abject defeat within the 2019 nationwide election. He has reportedly asserted that it’s time for a non-Gandhi to step up.
Sonia Gandhi has stated she will be able to’t proceed within the position due to her poor well being.
Amid hypothesis that he leads the listing of the “non-Gandhi” choices earlier than the occasion, Mr Gehlot had stated earlier this week that Rahul Gandhi should respect the feelings of Congress staff and settle for the highest put up.
“If Rahul Gandhi doesn’t change into the occasion president, will probably be a disappointment for the Congressmen within the nation. Many individuals will sit at residence and we’ll undergo. He (Rahul Gandhi) ought to settle for this put up by himself, understanding the feelings of the frequent Congress folks within the nation,” Mr Gehlot had stated.
The Congress is already working late on the beginning of its inner election. The schedule could also be introduced later this week after a gathering of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), which shall be attended nearly by Sonia Gandhi.
The Congress has been led by a member of the Gandhi household for a lot of its 136-year-old historical past.