Tharoor meets Sonia, filing of papers for party chief polls from September 25

Tharoor meets Sonia, filing of papers for party chief polls from September 25

New Delhi: The Congress is gearing up for the party president’s election scheduled for October 17. As Rahul Gandhi has declined to become the party chief again, everyone in the party and outside it is guessing who will take over the mantle.

A few senior Congress leaders have demanded that the election to the post of party chief should be fair. Chairman of the election committee Mudhusudan Mistry said that a PCC-wide electoral roll would be available for inspection at the office of the All-India Congress Committee (AICC).

Meanwhile, ahead of the party president’s election, a senior Congress leader and former Union minister Shashi Tharoor met the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi at her residence on Monday. Tharoor has not disclosed what transpired between them. There are indications that Tharoor may contest the party president’s election and file his nominations. Filing of nominations is set to begin from September 25.

The notification for the Congress president's election will be made on September 22. Tharoor has been one of the members of the G-23 and a signatory to the letter to Sonia Gandhi. In the letter, the members of G-23 demanded that the organisation should be revamped.

Meanwhile, party’s in-charge of Jharkhand, Avinash Pandey also met Sonia Gandhi and discussed the issues related to the party in the state. Now that Rahul Gandhi has declined the party president’s post, the Gandhi family loyalists stopped pressing him to take over the mantle again.

Nevertheless, the party units in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Gujarat passed resolutions and demanded that Rahul Gandhi be made AICC president.