New Delhi: The last election for the post of All India Congress Party President was held in November 2000. Sonia Gandhi won it. Jitendra Prasada failed. Sonia Gandhi was the longest serving president of the Congress party. Rahul Gandhi was the President from 2017 to 2019.
Rahul Gandhi stepped down from the post of Congress President after the Congress Party suffered a series of defeats in the elections. Sonia has been the interim president since then. Meanwhile, senior leaders like Kapil Sibal and Ghulam Nabi Azad quit the Congress party demanding reform in the party. As a result, the Congress leadership recently announced that an election would be held for the post of Congress party president. Accordingly, the Congress Election Committee will release the party president election notification today.
Nomination for this will be held from 24th to 30th September. Nominations will be considered on October 1. October 8 is the last day to withdraw petitions. If more than one person contests for this post, the election will be held on October 17. Counting of votes if necessary will begin on October 19 and the results will be announced on the day.
It is said that senior leaders Sasitharur and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Khelat are likely to contest. Yesterday, Ashok Gehlot said that Congress MLAs in Rajasthan will have to come to Delhi if they file a petition for the post of Congress party president.
Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh said yesterday that Congress leaders from 10 states have expressed their support for Rahul Gandhi to become the party president.