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Will Gehlot continue as Rajasthan CM? Sonia Gandhi decides in day or two, says congress

Another CLP meeting is likely to be called to authorize interim chief Sonia Gandhi to decide the fate of Ashok Gehlot as Rajasthan CM.  (Image: PTI/File)

Another CLP meeting is likely to be called to authorize interim chief Sonia Gandhi to decide the fate of Ashok Gehlot as Rajasthan CM. (Image: PTI/File)

Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said Sonia Gandhi was neutral on presidential polls and a clear picture will emerge Friday, the last day to submit nominations.

Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said on Thursday that the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi will ask whether Ashok Gehlot will remain the prime minister of Rajasthan. He said the decision will be made in a day or two. Another party meeting of the Congress legislature is likely to be convened to pass a one-line resolution to empower Sonia Gandhi to decide Gehlot’s fate, party sources said.

“The decision on Rajasthan’s CM will be made in 1 to 2 days by Congress Speaker Sonia Gandhi,” Venugopal said, adding that Gandhi was neutral in the presidential polls. “Let’s wait until tomorrow, then we’ll get a clear picture,” he said.

Venugopal met Gandhi at her 10th Janpath residence for a series of meetings to resolve the political crisis in Rajasthan. Friday, September 30, is the last day to submit nominations for the post of president for anyone who wants to compete.

Venugopal’s comments came shortly after Rajasthan Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot announced that he will not contest the presidential election as he took moral responsibility for the political crisis in his state, and said the decision whether to remain CM by Gandhi will be taken.

After meeting with Gandhi, Gehlot also said he apologized to the party chief for the developments since Sept. 25, when MLAs who supported him defied central observers and thwarted the move to hold the legislative party meeting and instead held a parallel meeting to to pitch for Gehlot’s continuation or the assurance that his bete noire Sachin Pilot will not replace him.

(with PTI inputs)

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