Rahul Gandhi told me Congress chief should be non-Gandhi: Ashok Gehlot
Rajasthan Chief Minister and the frontrunner to become the next Congress president, Ashok Gehlot, has revealed top leader Rahul Gandhi's wish to have a non-Gandhi as the party boss.
Speaking to the media, Gehlot said, "I requested him multiple times to accept everyone's wish that he returns as Congress President. He told me he had decided that no one from the Gandhi family should become the next chief."
"Rahul ji told me 'I know they want me to be chief and I respect their wish, but I have decided, for a reason, that a non-Gandhi should be Congress president," he added.
A notification for the Congress presidential election was issued Thursday with Gehlot and the party's Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor plunging into the contest.
Gehlot is being seen as the preferred choice of the Congress president, even as interim chief Sonia Gandhi said she will not take any side.
After Rahul stepped down as the Congress president post Lok Sabha poll debacle in 2019, Sonia was appointed as the interim party chief.