Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot declares he will contest Congress presidents election . Rahul Gandhi says that the one man, one post system would be followed for the top job .
KOCHI, Jan. 29: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot declared on Thursday that he would contest the Congress presidents election, even as Rahul Gandhi said that the one man, one post system would be followed for the top job, indicating to the potential successor to Sonia Gandhi that he would have to abandon the Jaipur peak.Gehlot had said a day earlier that a Congress president was not a CM, arguing that one man, not elected ones, was for nominated positions.Rahul, on the other hand, seemed to dismiss the suggestion when asked about it in a press conference.Congress pledged to what we agreed in Udaipur in October.Later, Gehlot himself called Rahuls' reply as correct, claiming that no Congress president has ever been a chief minister.The development on the contentious issue came just hours after Congress election authority Chairman Madhusudan Mistry issued the long-awaited notice on Thursday morning to announce the start of the election process, which is likely to last 22 years.Gehlot, who is seen as the leader and a frontrunner in a match against Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor, joined Rahul for a few hours in the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kerala, as Sachin Pilot did on Wednesday.Rahul was scheduled to meet with him in a last-ditch attempt to persuade him to take over the committee's reins earlier today, according to the CM. Though the outcome of a Gehlot vs. Tharoor match would be a foregone conclusion, the true story lies in who will replace Gehlot in Jaipur.Gehlot Gehlot addressed reporters with a question about his predecessor, but made a valid point: Let us see how the situation unfolds in Rajasthan, what the Congress leadership decides, and what the MLAs think.It all depends on this.He has a say in choosing his successor. Gehlot isn't a fan of stepping down as CM, and his argument that holding both positions would allow him to have a decisive say in choosing his replacement, who he likes more than Sachin Pilot.On Gehlots' list are members of assembly speaker C P Joshi, a multi-term minister, and a Brahmin minister.Pilot, according to a senior office bearer, is a likely option on the list of probables.The leadership would, he said, would determine. The CM's two-hour meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday seems to have addressed the tumultuous subject, particularly because of Pilot's presence as an aspirant.