The election for the post of Congress President will be held on October 17 and the counting of votes will be done on October 19. This comes in the backdrop of the resignation of senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday.
New Delhi: Finally, the date for the election of the new Congress President has been fixed. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) met on Sunday afternoon to discuss and approve the final schedule for the upcoming election of Congress President. In this the schedule of election has been announced. Under this, the election for the post of Congress President will be held on October 17 and the counting of votes will be done on October 19.
This comes in the backdrop of the resignation of senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday. Sources had said that the election of the President’s post has now become a challenge for the Congress due to Rahul Gandhi not contesting the election.
The online meeting of CWC was held at 3.30 pm under the chairmanship of Sonia Gandhi. Sonia is currently abroad in connection with health checkup. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi have also accompanied him. The meeting was attended by Anand Sharma, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chairman of the party’s Central Election Authority Madhusudan Mistry, KC Venugopal, former Union Ministers Jairam Ramesh, Mukul Wasnik, P Chidambaram, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh. CM Bhupesh Baghel was present.
“CWC met under Sonia Gandhi and approved the final schedule. Nomination process for post of Congress president will be from Sept 24 to Sept 30. Elections to be held on October 17 and counting of polls and declaration of results will be on October 19,” Congress MP KC Venugopal told reporters.
The Congress had postponed the process of electing a new president a few days ago. The Congress had announced in October last year that the election of its new president would be held between August 21 and September 20 this year.
Many leaders including Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot have publicly urged Rahul Gandhi to become the Congress President again. However, uncertainty remains on this issue. At the same time, many party insiders say that Rahul Gandhi is firm on his stand that he will not be the AICC president. Rahul Gandhi had resigned as Congress President after the party suffered a second consecutive defeat in the parliamentary elections in 2019.