Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh has clearly said in gestures that Rahul Gandhi will not contest the election for the post of Congress President. He said that Rahul Gandhi cannot be forced to contest elections. Singh further said that if he has made up his mind not to contest, then it is difficult for him to contest.
This statement of Digvijay Singh has come when there is a report that this time there will be a contest between Ashok Gehlot and Shashi Tharoor in the election for the post of Congress President. However, now after some statements, speculations are being made that Manish Tewari and Digvijay Singh himself may also stand in that election. But all these are just speculations and it has not been confirmed.
This statement of Digvijay Singh came in a TV debate. He said that anyone can contest the election for the post of Congress President, no one can be stopped from contesting, nor can anyone forcefully contest elections. He said that the Congress party has had presidents from outside the Gandhi family in the past as well. On the question of contesting elections, Singh said that everyone has the right to contest elections, you will know by September 30.
Jairam Ramesh also gave a statement on Wednesday that Rahul Gandhi will not contest the elections. He had said in the press conference that Congress MP Rahul Gandhi is unlikely to contest the election for the post of party president, as he will not return to Delhi, leaving the Bharat Jodo Yatra midway.
Bharat Jodi Yatra is currently in Kerala and will reach Karnataka on 29th September. The last date for nomination is 30 September. If elections are held for the post of Congress President this time, it will be such a contest after 22 years. Earlier in 2000, there was a fight between Sonia Gandhi and Jitendra Prasad.
It is believed that this time Shashi Tharoor and Ashok Gehlot are involved in the race to contest the election of Congress President. Gehlot had reached Delhi on Wednesday evening and met Sonia Gandhi. However, he has not yet officially announced his intention to contest the elections.