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After 21 yrs, date set: ‘Anybody can contest’ for Cong chief post

G-23 leader Sharma seeks clarity on electoral rolls, party says 'no such questions' raised

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New Delhi | Updated: August 29, 2022 6:39:35 am

The Congress Working Committee meeting was held virtually on Sunday. (Photo: Twitter/@INCIndia)The Congress Working Committee (CWC) Sunday decided to hold an election for the post of party president on October 17. The meeting coming in the wake of Ghulam Nabi Azad’s exit from the party while levelling damaging charges against Rahul Gandhi saw some uncomfortable moments, with G-23 leader Anand Sharma raising questions over the electoral rolls.

He said there was no clarity regarding the 9,000-odd delegates of PCCs who are members of the electoral college, thus pointing fingers at the sanctity of the process itself. Congress president Sonia Gandhi is learnt to have agreed with him on the need for more clarity.

However, soon after the meeting, the Congress denied that any questions of the sort had been raised by anyone. Sharma, though, told The Indian Express that he had raised the matter, and stood by his demand.

Significantly, soon after the CWC announced the schedule, former Maharashtra chief minister and another G-23 member, Prithviraj Chavan, told The Indian Express that while “we will be happy if Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot contests” for the top post if Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are not willing, the party will not survive if someone is made a “puppet president”.

The CWC meeting, held virtually and presided over by party president Sonia, who along with her children Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is abroad for a medical checkup, unanimously accepted the schedule placed before it by Madhusudan Mistry, the head of the Congress Election Authority.

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