‘Will Abide By Party Workers’ Wishes; Shall Try To Convince Rahul Again’, Says Ashok Gehlot

In the evening, Gehlot will travel from Delhi to Kochi, where he will meet Rahul Gandhi and will symbolically join the Congress party's Kashmir to Kanyakumari march —- the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Will Abide By Party Workers Wishes; Shall Try To Convince Rahul Again', Says Ashok Gehlot - SurgeZirc India
'Will Abide By Party Workers' Wishes; Shall Try To Convince Rahul Again', Says Ashok Gehlot.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Wednesday that he will follow the wishes of party workers in deciding whether to run for Congress president. He did, however, state that he would make one last-ditch effort to persuade Rahul Gandhi to accept the position.

Gehlot told reporters after landing in Delhi from Jaipur today that he will make decisions that will strengthen the Congress.

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“The party and high command have given me everything. I have been on posts for 40-50 years. For me no post is important, I will fulfill any responsibility given to me by the party,” he said, as reported.

On whether he would retain his position as CM if he became party president, Ashok Gehlot cited an example, saying that if a minister in a state runs for Congress president, that person can remain a minister while also running for president.

“Time will tell whether I remain (CM) or not. I would like to stay where the party benefits from me, I will not back down,” he asserted.

In a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party in Jaipur Tuesday night, the Rajasthan CM had said, as quoted by IANS, “I will try to convince Rahul Gandhi for the last time, if he does not agree, then I will trouble you and follow the order of the high command.”

The meeting was held after the chief minister hosted a dinner for newly elected Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar at his residence.

Soon after his announcement, many MLAs were seen requesting him to stay on as the Rajasthan Chief Minister to which Gehlot replied: “Whatever I become, but I will not stay away from you, I will serve Rajasthan till my last breath.”

He also hinted that he would continue as CM when he asked MLAs to begin work on the Budget.

“The chief minister said that if he files nomination for the party’s national president post, then legislators will get a message to reach New Delhi,” state Food and Civil Supplies Minister Pratap Singh Khachariya told PTI after the meeting.

Gehlot had previously raised the idea of making Rahul Gandhi president during a meeting of the newly appointed Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) members on September 17. All of the leaders had agreed to his proposal.

When asked about the potential contest with Shashi Tharoor, Gehlot stated that the contest should take place because it is good for the party’s internal democracy.

On Monday, Tharoor met with party president Sonia Gandhi and announced his intention to run for office. The Congress president is said to have told Tharoor that she will remain “neutral” in the elections.

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In the evening, Gehlot will travel from Delhi to Kochi, where he will meet Rahul Gandhi and will symbolically join the Congress party’s Kashmir to Kanyakumari march —- the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

The Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee led the way in passing a resolution supporting Gandhi for the position, prompting similar statements of support from party units in several other states


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