A meeting of the Congress Legislature Party in Rajasthan was delayed on Sunday after some of the party’s MLAs said that state Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot should retain his post, The Indian Express reported. The meeting was scheduled to start at 7 pm.
Earlier in the day, Gehlot had hinted that he would step down as the chief minister. The 71-year-old is in running to be Congress’s next president.
The election to decide the successor to the longest-serving party president Sonia Gandhi will take place on October 17 and the results will be announced two days later.
Besides Gehlot, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has confirmed that he will contest the poll. The final list of candidates will be published at 5 pm on October 8.
The question of Gehlot quitting his post has arisen after Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said that the party will follow the “one-man, one-post rule”. Gehlot has been reportedly unwilling to step down as Rajasthan chief minister as that would mean his rival Sachin Pilot succeeding him.
On Sunday, Gehlot said he had held different constitutional posts for 40 years and that now a new generation should get a chance, according to The Indian Express.
“What more can a person get?” Gehlot told reporters in Jaisalmer. “It is on my mind that the new generation…