Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday told state Congress MLAs that they will be asked to come to New Delhi if he decides to file his nomination for the party president poll, PTI reported.
State Cabinet Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said that Gehlot will first visit Kochi to urge MP Rahul Gandhi to contest the election.
Khachariyawas made the statement in a meeting held after the chief minister hosted a dinner for Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar.
The Congress will hold the election to pick its next president on October 17. The result will be declared two days later. On August 22, reports claimed that Rahul Gandhi has refused to contest the election for the Congress president’s post. Incumbent Congress president Sonia Gandhi also reportedly expressed her desire not to continue in the post citing health reasons.
In July 2019, Rahul Gandhi resigned as the Congress chief following the party’s poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress had won only 52 of 543 parliamentary seats in the polls.
The process of filing nominations for the Congress election starts on September 24 and will end on September 30. Gehlot, however, has so far denied that he is a candidate. On September 18, he passed an informal resolution urging Rahul Gandhi to become the party president.
On Tuesday, there…