Congress president election: Shashi Tharoor collects poll papers, others may wait till ‘shradh’ dates pass | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor collected the nomination form for the party president’s election just as the period for filing papers kicked in on Saturday, further strengthening the view that he will contest the internal polls, and force a face-off after a gap of 22 years. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot will be the other candidate.
The scheduled period for filing nominations is from September 24-30, but there is unlikely to be any action for first three days because of the inauspicious ‘shradh’ dates and the unavailability of Congress’ Central Election Authority (CEA) chairman Madhusudan Mistry on Monday. It is from Tuesday onwards that the party is expecting some movement. The voting is scheduled for October 17.
Gehlot on Friday made it official that he will contest the polls as Rahul Gandhi turned down his final appeal to take back the reins of the party. But, there continues to be uncertainty in view of the issue of Gehlot’s successor in Jaipur, with the party having said that a national president can’t be the CM. Gehlot has asked all the party MLAs and allies to come to New Delhi to sign his nomination papers.
A key Tharoor aide collected the nomination form from the CEA. The Kerala MP may file the papers on the last date of nomination, since he is looking to get proposers from across the states in a symbolic act to project national support. He is said to have collected five sets of papers. Ten of the 9,000-odd PCC members, the voters group for the top poll, are required to endorse every nomination form.
If more than one contestant stays in the race after the last date of withdrawal of nomination on October 8, then the chief’s post will witness an election after 22 years – Jitendra Prasad had challenged, and lost, to Sonia Gandhi in the poll in 2000.

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