None from Gandhi family to be next Congress chief, Rahul Gandhi says Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot announced on Friday (September 23) that Rahul Gnadhi has made it clear that no one from the Gandhi family shall become Congress’s next president.

Ashok Gehlot, who is the probable candidate for the party’s presidential post, has been trying to convince Rahul Gandhi to take up the post he gave up after the party’s defeat in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“I have requested him (Congress MP Rahul Gandhi) multiple times to accept everyone's proposal of becoming the Congress president. He made it clear that no one from the Gandhi family should become the next chief,” Gehlot said.

“Rahul ji told me 'I know they want me to be chief and I respect their wish, but I have decided, for a reason, that a non-Gandhi should be Congress president',” Gehlot added.

Meanwhile, Ashok Gehlot and party MP Shashi Tharoor are seen as the probable contenders for the upcoming presidential election. Gehlot is likely to file his nomination papers on Monday. Whereas, Tharoor had sought a green signal from Sonia Gandhi earlier.

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