Congress Crisis Updates: Amid Rajasthan Crisis, Sachin Pilot Meets Sonia Gandhi, Says 'Have Conveyed Sentiments, Feedback' to Her

Congress Crisis Updates: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot has said that he will not be contesting for the post of party chief after the political drama happening in the state

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Last Updated: September 29, 2022, 22:51 IST

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From Left: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot (PTI File Photo)

Congress Crisis Updates: Amid the current political crisis in Rajasthan, AICC general secretary KC Venugopal on Thursday said a decision on the state Chief Minister will be taken by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a day or two. “Another Congress Legislative Party meeting is likely to be called,” said sources. Meanwhile, CM Ashok Gehlot has said that he will not be contesting for the post of Congress chief after Read More

Sep 29, 2022 21:17 IST

Have Conveyed My Feedback to Sonia Gandhi: Sachin Pilot

After attending a crucial meeting headed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at 10 Janpath in Delhi, party leader Sachin Pilot said, “I believe my sentiments and feedback have been conveyed to Sonia Gandhiji. We need to work together. I am sure we will work hard and in 10-12 months will form Congress government again in Rajasthan.”

Sep 29, 2022 20:40 IST

Will Withdraw Nomination If I Am Told to Do So: Digvijay Singh

In an exclusive interview to CNN-News18, Congress leader Digvijay Singh said, “Its a free and fair election. 99.99 per cent Congressmen are committed with the family. If I am told specifically to step down I will withdraw. I am a loyalist soldier of the party. Until and unless I don’t get directives from leadership I will not withdraw.” Singh has also joined the race for the Congress president post as he collected “10 sets of nomination papers” and is set to file his nomination on Friday.

Sep 29, 2022 20:32 IST

Gehlot to Continue as Rajasthan CM?

Congress general secretary KC Venugopal on Thursday said the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi will take a call on whether Ashok Gehlot will remain the chief minister of Rajasthan. He said the decision will be taken in a day or two. Another Congress legislature party meeting is likely to be called to pass a one-line resolution authorising the party chief to decide on Gehlot’s fate, party sources said. Read More

Sep 29, 2022 20:29 IST

Digvijaya Singh on Congress President Poll Race

Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh, who entered the race for the post of Congress president on Thursday, is set to file his nomination form tomorrow. Singh, who is in Delhi to collect the nomination papers said the contest between him and colleague Shashi Tharoor is “friendly”, as both of them believe in the “Gandhian Nehruvian Ideology”. Read More

Sep 29, 2022 20:03 IST

Crucial Meet Underway at 10 Janpath in Delhi; Pilot Present

A crucial meeting is underway at 10 Janpath, the Delhi residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, amid the current political crisis in Rajasthan and nominations of contenders for party president election. AICC general secretary KC Venugopal and party leader Sachin Pilot also present.

Sep 29, 2022 19:32 IST

Cong Asks Its Leaders to Refrain from Making Statements on Internal Matters

Isssuing an order, the AICC on Thursday said, “We are noticing statements of Congress leaders in Rajasthan regarding the party’s internal matters and against other leaders. It is advised that all Congress leaders at any level should refrain from making public statements against other leaders or about party’s internal matters. Strict disciplinary action will be initiated under the provisions of the Constitution of the Indian National Congress if any violation of this advisory is made.”

Sep 29, 2022 18:35 IST

Gehlot to Continue as Rajasthan CM? Sonia Gandhi to Decide in Day or Two, Says Congress

Congress general secretary KC Venugopal on Thursday said the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi will take a call on whether Ashok Gehlot will remain the chief minister of Rajasthan. He said the decision will be taken in a day or two. Another Congress legislature party meeting is likely to be called to pass a one-line resolution to authorise Sonia Gandhi to decide on Gehlot’s fate, party sources said. Read More

Sep 29, 2022 18:32 IST

Will Step Down If You Want: Rajasthan CM Gehlot Tells Sonia Gandhi

During his meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “I will step down if you say so. I leave it to you to take a call.”

Sep 29, 2022 17:45 IST

Sonia Gandhi to Take Decision on Rajasthan CM in A Day or Two

AICC general secretary KC Venugopal said, “A decision on Rajasthan Chief Minister will be taken by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a day or two.” Another Congress Legislative Party meeting likely to be called, said sources.

Sep 29, 2022 16:42 IST

Sachin Pilot Likely to Meet Sonia Gandhi Today Evening

Congress leader Sachin Pilot is expected to meet party chief Sonia Gandhi today evening amid current political crisis in Rajasthan.

Sep 29, 2022 16:31 IST

Why BJP's Amit Malviya Thinks Gehlot is 'Consummate Politician'

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot received praise from an unlikely quarter after deciding not to contest the Congress presidential elections in wake of the political showdown in his state over the past few days. BJP leader Amit Malviya called Gehlot a “consummate politician” for saving himself from being “remote-controlled”. On Twitter, the BJP leader listed out a few reasons why the chief minister was the better for pulling back from the race to become the national president of the grand old party. Read More

Sep 29, 2022 16:17 IST

Cong Leader KN Tripathi Collects Nomination Form for Party Chief Poll

Congress leader from Jharkhand KN Tripathi has collected form to file nomination for Congress president election. Senior party leaders Digvijaya Singh and Shashi Tharoor are in fray so far. Nominations can be filed till September 30.

Sep 29, 2022 16:06 IST

Gehlot Drops Out of Congress President Race: 'Gave a Message That All Happened as I wanted to Be CM'

After days of will he-won’t he, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot finally pulled himself out of the Congress president election race on Thursday, saying that he apologised to party interim chief Sonia Gandhi over what happened in the state unit over the entire matter. Gehlot, a three-time state chief minister, described himself as a disciplined soldier of the party and expressed his sadness over the turn of affairs in the state. Asked if he will continue as chief minister, Gehlot said Sonia Gandhi will decide on the issue. Read More

Sep 29, 2022 15:41 IST

BJP's Amit Malviya Reacts to Gehlot's Decision of Not Contesting Cong Prez Poll

BJP’s Amit Malviya said Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has “saved himself from the embarrassment of being a remote controlled Congress president. He tweeted after Gehlot said he will not be contesting upcoming Congress president election.

Sep 29, 2022 15:24 IST

Congress Prez Poll: 'We Are Fighting Communal Forces in India,' Digvijay's Reply to Tharoor's 'Friendly' Competition

After Congress leader Shashi Tharoor welcomed his candidacy, Digvijay Singh that he agreed with his collage on a “friendly” fight and that they both were “fighting the Communal Forces in India.”

“Both believe in the Gandhian Nehruvian Ideology and shall fight them relentlessly come what may,” Singh added.

Sep 29, 2022 15:20 IST

Rajasthan Congress Crisis: Gehlot Carries Letter Explaining Sequence of Events in Meeting With Sonia

In his meeting with Sonia Gandhi, Ashok Gehlot reportedly carried a letter on the current crisis in his state, in which he explained sequence of events, and how his network was low and he was unaware of what his MLAs were doing.

Sep 29, 2022 14:56 IST

Breaking| Ashok Gehlot to Not Contest for Cong Prez Poll after Rajasthan Crisis

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday said that he will not be contesting for the post of Congress President after the political drama happening in the state due to this. This comes as Gehlot met Sonia Gandhi to discuss the crisis in Rajasthan.

Sep 29, 2022 14:40 IST

'A Friendly Contest Among Colleagues': Shashi Tharoor Welcomes Digvijay Singh's Candidacy for Cong Prez Poll

After Digvijay Singh collected his nomination papers for the post of Congress President Poll, he paid a visit to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor who “welcomed his candidacy.”

Tharoor, who is also standing for the post said, “We both agreed that ours is not a battle between rivals but a friendly contest among colleagues.”

Sep 29, 2022 14:26 IST

Congress President Poll: More Than 10 MP Cong MLAs to Go to Delhi To Propose Digvijaya Singh's Candidature

More than 10 Congress legislators from Madhya Pradesh will reach Delhi to be the proposers for veteran leader Digvijaya Singh when he files his nomination for the Congress president’s election, a party leader said on Thursday.

Singh, who arrived in Delhi late Wednesday night leaving the Bharat Jodo Yatra midway, collected the nomination papers on Thursday for the party president’s election. He is likely to file his nomination on Friday.Leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Dr Govind Singh is among the MLAs who will go to the national capital.

 

Sep 29, 2022 14:26 IST

Congress President Poll: More Than 10 MP Cong MLAs to Go to Delhi To Propose Digvijaya Singh's Candidature

More than 10 Congress legislators from Madhya Pradesh will reach Delhi to be the proposers for veteran leader Digvijaya Singh when he files his nomination for the Congress president’s election, a party leader said on Thursday.

Singh, who arrived in Delhi late Wednesday night leaving the Bharat Jodo Yatra midway, collected the nomination papers on Thursday for the party president’s election. He is likely to file his nomination on Friday.Leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Dr Govind Singh is among the MLAs who will go to the national capital.

 

the political drama happening in the state regarding the same. This comes after Gehlot met Gandhi to discuss the crisis in the state and apologised for the same.

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has also joined the race for the Congress president post as he collected “10 sets of nomination papers” and is set to file his nomination on Friday. Shashi Tharoor, who is also standing for the post welcomed his candidacy and said, “We both agreed that ours is not a battle between rivals but a friendly contest among colleagues”.

Nominations for the Congress president’s election can be filed till September 30. Singh is the latest entrant in the fray for the party chief’s election.

Talking to reporters, Gehlot said internal issues that have cropped up within the party ahead of the Congress president’s election will be resolved soon. He said the party has internal discipline, which helped it “survive the decline in Lok Sabha numbers” and it continues to be a national party. “There is discipline in the party under Soniaji,” he said.

“The events being reported by the media are small issues which keep happening. The media may have its own perspective on these events,” he added. Gehlot said fighting issues the country is facing is more important for them. “Matters of a family are part and parcel of internal politics. We will solve everything,” he told reporters in Delhi. He said for them the Congress president is foremost and they all work under her discipline.

“You will see that in the coming days, decisions will be taken on the crisis the country is facing. We are concerned about issues on which Rahul Gandhi is undertaking a yatra. Whether it is inflation or unemployment or the dictatorial tendencies overwhelming the nation,” Gehlot said. Ahead of his Delhi visit, some ministers and MLAs had turned up at the CM’s house in Jaipur to meet him.

After the meeting, Rajasthan cabinet minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas had told reporters that the chief minister will be leaving for Delhi to express feelings of 102 party MLAs. Apart from Khachariyawas, Speaker C P Joshi, state Congress president Govind Singh Dotasra, minister Shanti Dhariwal and Mahesh Joshi also met the chief minister.

Khachariyawas said it was a routine meeting and Gehlot’s interaction with the Speaker was no different. He said whether the CM will file nomination for the party president or not, this is a decision of the high command.

“The chief minister is not resigning as of today,” he said replying to a question. Gehlot’s visit comes a day after the Congress issued show-cause notices to three of his loyalists–Shanti Dhariwal and Mahesh Joshi, and Dharmendra Rathore–for their “grave indiscipline”.

The action came after 82 MLAs participated in a parallel meeting at Dhariwal’s residence in Jaipur, laying down conditions to the party and did not attend the official legislature party meeting convened for passing a resolution authorising the Congress chief to appoint a successor to Gehlot. With the Rajasthan episode posing a significant challenge before the party, the Congress president has initiated discussions with senior party leaders from across the country to resolve the crisis even as the fate of Gehlot who was considered frontrunner for the top party post remained uncertain.

Several names have cropped up for the party president’s post, including Kharge, A K Antony, Kamal Nath, Digvijaya Singh, Ambika Soni and Pawan Kumar Bansal, though most of them ruled themselves out of the race. The name of Gehlot for the top party post is, however, not completely ruled out yet, according to sources. Among various senior leaders, Gandhi is learnt to have called Congress veterans A K Antony and Sushilkumar Shinde for consultations here.

There is also a likelihood that fresh observers may be sent to Rajasthan and Shinde may be one of them. Gandhi is considering resolving the matter after consultations with top party leaders. After the developments in Jaipur, sources said Gehlot reached out to Sonia Gandhi and is learnt to have explained his position, while his arch-rival Sachin Pilot rushed to Delhi ahead of any decision on Rajasthan.

Gehlot is learnt to have told Gandhi that he was not behind the parallel meet of MLAs and it was organised without his knowledge. The Rajasthan chief minister is also understood to have told Gandhi that he would abide by any decision taken by her and the party, the sources said.

Gehlot also held a closed-door meeting with party MLAs in Jaipur on Tuesday and is learnt to have apprised them of the latest developments. Gehlot was considered a favourite for the post of the Congress president and had the blessings of Sonia Gandhi. The latest developments have marred his prospects for the top party position, though he is yet not out of the race.

(with PTI inputs)

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