Rahul Gandhi is unlikely to run for Congress party chairman post: Report

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Indian National Congress (INC) leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi are unlikely to compete in the party presidential election to be held on Oct. 17, ANI news agency reported. This comes even though the Pradesh Committees of Congress of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir and Mumbai have passed a resolution supporting Gandhi for the post of party chairman.

The Wayanad MP has embarked on his Bharat Jodo Yatra which started from Kanyakumari and extends to Jammu and Kashmir. Rahul Gandhi is currently in Kerala and will enter Karnataka on September 29.

Notably, the last date to submit nominations for the Congress Party president election is September 30. ANI news agency quoted congressional officials who were aware of the situation as saying: “Congressman Rahul Gandhi is unlikely to contest the party’s presidential elections as he will not return from the midst of Bharat Jodo Yatra to Delhi”.

As the polls to elect the next congressional president draw closer, the chorus has once again started to grow in favor of Rahul Gandhi, who resigned after the 2019 general election debacle. Wayanad MP take over the party, the chorus “Make Rahul Gandhi AICC president again” continues to grow louder in Congress, with more than half a dozen state units so far seeking his elevation to the top.

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On Monday, September 19, Congressional units of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir and Mumbai passed resolutions calling for Rahul Gandhi to be elevated to the presidency.

Earlier on Monday, people aware of the situation had informed the media that Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor, also a member of the G-23 in Congress, had met interim President Sonia Gandhi and had been given the nod to to run for President of Congress in the upcoming elections.

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Further speculation is circulating that Rajasthan Prime Minister and senior congressional leader Ashok Gehlot may run for president. Some party officials have also said that Gehlot would try to persuade Rahul Gandhi to take the reins rather than run to the position himself.

Meanwhile, the Bharat Jodo Yatra started Tuesday from Cherthala. The Yatra led by Congress MP Rahul Gandhi will drive 15 kilometers further to Kuthiyathodu in Alappuzha.

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The 3,500km march from Kanyakumari to Kashmir will be completed in 150 days and will span as many as 12 states. From Kerala, the Yatra will travel across the state for the next 18 days, reaching Karnataka on September 30. He will be in Karnataka for 21 days before heading north. The Padyatra (march) will cover a distance of 25 km each day.

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