Congress units in Punjab, Telangana too pass resolutions seeking Rahul as Cong president
NEW DELHI/ CHANDIGARH/ HYDERABAD,
THE Congress’ state units in Punjab and Telangana on Wednesday passed a resolution backing Rahul Gandhi for the post of the party president.
Around a dozen Pradesh Congress Committees have so far come out in support of Gandhi, even as it appears that after over two decades, the Congress is likely to see a contest for the post of party chief.
Former Union Minister and Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor is looking set to enter the fray and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has indicated that he could throw his hat in the ring if Rahul Gandhi does not agree to take on the party’s reins.
The Congress’ central election authority will issue a notification for the AICC president polls on Thursday, setting the ball rolling for electing the successor to the longest-serving party chief Sonia Gandhi.
On Wednesday, a resolution backing Rahul Gandhi for the top post was moved by Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and seconded by Congress Legislative Party leader Partap Singh Bajwa in Chandiharhh.
Sharing details of the resolution, Warring said party delegates and other senior party leaders requested Rahul Gandhi to become national president of the Congress party. He said the resolution in this regard was passed unanimously.
The party delegates and leaders also authorised the party president to make anyone an AICC member and Pradesh Congress Committee chief. Warring informed that nearly 290 party delegates and senior party leaders attended the meeting. The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) also passed similar resolutions at a meeting presided by party leader Rajmohan Unnithan, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka told reporters in Hyderabad. The nomination filing will start from September 25 to 30. The election will be held on October 17 and the result will be out two days later.