Last updated: September 29, 2022, 10:40 PM IST
Thursday proved to be a day of hectic developments for Congress as the political crisis in Rajasthan kept the party involved in a series of discussions at Delhi’s 10, Janpath and tension over the contenders for the Congress president election intensified. While on the one hand Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot withdrew from the party leadership election race, Digvijaya Singh on the other hand fought for the same.
With Friday being the last date to submit nominations, congressional leaders are in frantic discussions to solve the political conundrum that leaves everyone guessing who will contest the poll for party leader.
After examining the nominations on October 1, the last withdrawal date is October 8. If there is more than one candidate, the election will take place at all Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters on October 17 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The results will be announced on October 19.
Let’s take a look at the main developments during the day:
- Gehlot, three-time prime minister of the state, said he will not contest the Congress presidential election as he took moral responsibility for the political crisis in Rajasthan, and said the decision whether to remain CM would be made by party chief Sonia Gandhi. He said he apologized to Sonia Gandhi for the developments on Sunday, when MLAs backing him defied central observers and thwarted their attempt to hold a meeting of party lawmakers.
- “The events that took place (on Sunday) shocked us all. Only I know how hurt I am because a message has gone out that I want to stay CM. I apologized to Sonia ji because a simple resolution, which is our tradition and which we always ignore, revealed a situation that could not be passed. I, as the CLP leader, for whatever reasons, could not get the resolution passed,” Gehlot said, adding that the decision whether to remain CM would be made by Sonia Gandhi.
- Meanwhile, another Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has collected nomination papers for the party chief poll and will submit his nomination on Friday. In an exclusive interview for CNN-News18, he said: “These are free and fair elections. If I am specifically told to resign, I will withdraw. I am a loyalist soldier of the party. As long as and unless I get no direction from the leadership, I will not withdraw.”
- Singh also met Shashi Tharoor, who said they agreed that their is “not a battle between rivals, but a friendly match” between colleagues. “Had a visit from Digvijaya Singh this afternoon. I welcome his candidacy for the presidency of our party. We both agreed that ours is not a battle between rivals, but a friendly between colleagues. All we both want is that whoever wins @incIndia will win!” tweeted Tharoor, who has already stated that he will submit his nomination for the post of Congress President on Friday.
- After attending a series of meetings at 10 Janpath to discuss the current crisis in Rajasthan, Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal said that Sonia Gandhi will make a decision on the post of the state chief in a day or two. CM.
- The Congress issued an advisory to all its leaders in Rajasthan and warned against strict disciplinary action against them for making public statements about the party’s internal affairs and against other officials. Venugopal said all congressional leaders at all levels should refrain from making public statements against other leaders or about the party’s internal affairs.
- According to news agency PTI sources, senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge is considered a frontrunner for the top post and will meet Sonia Gandhi on Friday. Other names – Mukul Wasnik and Kumari Selja – are also doing the rounds.
- Today evening, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot, met Sonia Gandhi and said he was discussing the current situation in the state. “I met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and we discussed the events in Rajasthan in detail. I have conveyed my feelings, given my feedback to her. We must work together. I am sure that we will work hard and that within 10-12 months we will form a congressional government again in Rajasthan,” he said.
- Meanwhile, two G23 members — Manish Tiwari and Anand Sharma — said they will call for a candidacy, depending on who will be the “official” candidate for Congress’ presidential election.
(with input of PTI)
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