- No non-Gandhi became Congress President since March 1998
- The last non-Gandhi Congress president was Sitaram Kesari
- Congress can have a non-Gandhi president after more than two decades
Congress President election 2022: Soon after reports of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor getting the green signal from Sonia Gandhi to contest for the post of party president, a meeting of party’s communication in-charge Jairam Ramesh. The comment was seen as a veiled take on Tharoor. “Nobody needs anyone, especially the party leadership, for approval to contest elections,” he said.
He tweeted, “The entire party is engaged in making Bharat Jodo Yatra a success. Yet it is important to reiterate that any member is welcome to contest the election of Congress President. It is a democratic and transparent process. No one’s permission is needed, especially the party leadership, to contest elections.”
Entire party is immersed in making #BharatJodoYatra a success. Even so it’s important to reiterate that any member is welcome to contest for Congress President. This is a democratic & transparent process. Nobody needs anybody’s nod to contest, especially that of party leadership.
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) September 20, 2022
Shashi Tharoor met Sonia Gandhi, who returned from abroad after undergoing a medical examination. In the afternoon on Monday, he met Sonia Gandhi and she got permission to contest the October 17 elections.
There can be a non-Gandhi president in the Congress after more than 20 years. Gandhi family loyalist Ashok Gehlot is likely to contest the election of party president against Shashi Tharoor. Tharoor is among those in the party who want major internal reforms.
Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor was the first to announce his intention to enter the race for the post of President. The post has been with either Sonia Gandhi or her son Rahul in the Gandhi family for more than 25 years. Tharoor is a prominent member of the Congress’s group of leaders named G-23, who wrote to Sonia Gandhi in 2020 calling for organizational change.
The last non-Gandhi Congress president was Sitaram Kesari. After him, Sonia Gandhi took over this post in March 1998. She became the party president almost two years after the departure of the Narasimha Rao government.
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