Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot broke his silence on Thursday saying he will not be running for president of the Congress, following the political crisis in Rajasthan.
New Delhi: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot broke his silence on Thursday regarding the Congress chief, saying he will not be running for president of the Congress. Following the political crisis in Rajasthan, he met with Sonia Gandhi, the interim head of the Congress, at her residence in Delhi.
I met Rahul Gandhi in Kochi & requested him to fight in the polls (for Congress President). When he didn’t accept, I said I’ll contest but now with that incident (#RajasthanPoliticalCrisis), I’ve decided not to contest the elections: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, in Delhi pic.twitter.com/2VnqTcQUAu
— ANI (@ANI) September 29, 2022
He claimed that after the political crisis broke out in Rajasthan, he took the decision not to run in the elections. Following his exit from the election race, Shashi Tharoor, MP of Thiruvananthapuram, and Digvijaya Singh, former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, are the front-runners for the party’s top position.
After a political drama erupted in Rajasthan on Sunday night when 82 MLAs submitted their resignations to the assembly speaker, CP Joshi, Gehlot travelled to Delhi to meet Sonia Gandhi. The MLAs did not like to see Sachin Pilot as the next chief minister of Rajasthan if Gehlot wins the Congress presidential post.
The Congress leadership and Gehlot supporters got into a confrontation as a result, and the party high command requested a report from its party observers, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken.
Following the events of Sunday, there were rumours that the Congress’s top leadership was annoyed with Gehlot and wanted him to withdraw from the contest.
The observers, however, submitted their reports to Sonia Gandhi during the Rajasthan crisis and stated that Ashok Gehlot had no involvement in the uprising of the political crisis in Rajasthan.