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Tharoor vs Digvijaya vs Gehlot in Cong Prez Race? Key points of this likely triangular battle

Last updated: September 28, 2022, 11:50 PM IST

Tharoor, Digvijaya and Gehlot are likely to clash in Congressional presidential election.  Image: News18

Tharoor, Digvijaya and Gehlot are likely to clash in Congressional presidential election. Image: News18

Congressional presidential elections will take place on October 17, and nominations can be submitted until September 30. The date for review of nomination documents is October 1, while the last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 8.

The Congressional presidential election – scheduled for October 17 – is proving to be an interesting watch with several twists and turns, and now it appears to be a triangular contest with Shashi Tharoor, Digvijaya Singh and Ashok Gehlot likely to collide for the top job.

Kerala MP Tharoor was the first to announce his candidacy, closely followed by Rajasthan CM Gehlot, who was regarded as a frontrunner for the top post until a few days ago. But a sudden uprising from his loyalists — who oppose Sachin Pilot’s likely elevation as the CM — has cast a shadow over his candidacy. Gehlot reached Delhi on Wednesday evening and will meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday.

Congressional veteran and former Madhya Pradesh CM Digvijaya Singh also entered the polls with sources saying he is likely to submit his nomination papers on Thursday.

The nominations for the presidential elections can be submitted until September 30. The date for review of nomination documents is October 1, while the last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 8. The final list of candidates will be published on October 8 at 5 pm. .

A look at the latest developments in this big story:

  1. Ashok Gehlot has landed in Delhi tonight and will meet Sonia Gandhi tomorrow. Speaking to reporters, the Prime Minister of Rajasthan said:Ghar ki batein hain… we solve it … I can tell you that … “We work under the president of the congress. On that basis decisions will be made in the coming time. The media should recognize the problems of the country” , he added.
  2. Gehlot’s visit to Delhi comes a day after Congress notified three of its loyalists for the uprising. As many as 92 MLAs had massively threatened to resign if the next CM was not chosen from Gehlot’s camp.
  3. Speaking to Sonia Gandhi on Monday, the Rajasthan CM learns to have told her that he was not behind the MLA’s parallel meeting and that it was organized without his knowledge. He is also said to have told Gandhi that he would abide by any decision made by her and the party.
  4. Rajasthan’s minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas told reporters that the prime minister will express the feelings of 102 party MLAs before the party’s high command. He also ruled out Gehlot stepping down as CM.
  5. Digvijaya Singh, a longtime loyalist of Gandhi, can submit the nominations on Thursday. Singh had previously said he was not interested in becoming party leader. “I have already said and I repeat that I am not interested in becoming the national president of the party.”
  6. Shashi Tharoor, the MP from Thiruvananthapuram, will submit his nomination papers for the election of the head of Congress on September 30.
  7. Tharoor posted an Urdu verse on Wednesday that many saw hinting at growing support for his candidacy. “I started my journey alone, people joined and the caravan kept growing)”, Tharoor tweeted the lines of the famous Urdu poet Majrooh Sultanpuri. Earlier this week, Tharoor said he has the support of party workers from across the country.
  8. Congress last held elections for the post of party chairman in November 2000. Jitendra Prasada had lost to Sonia Gandhi in 2000 and before that Sitaram Kesri had defeated Sharad Pawar and Rajesh Pilot in 1997.

(with PTI inputs)

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