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Rahul Gandhi should be the next president of Congress, everyone ‘unanimously’ in his favour: Ashok Gehlot

As the countdown to the Congress presidential elections begins, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has urged Rahul Gandhi to become the party’s next leader, saying everyone in the party is “unanimously in his favor for the position. The 71-year-old top Congress leader made the remarks when speaking to reporters in Jaipur.

“If Rahul Gandhi does not become party chairman, it will be a disappointment for the congressmen of the country. Many people will stay at home and we will suffer. He (Rahul Gandhi) should accept this position on his own, understanding the feelings of ordinary congress people in the country,” Gehlot was quoted as saying by the PTI news agency.

Gehlot, three-time chief minister of Rajasthan, said it was ‘not about Gandhi or a non-Gandhi family’, but everyone in the big old party wants Rahul, a Lok Sabha MP of Wayanad in Kerala, again become the leader of the Congress. Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Gehlot said the Congress had kept democracy alive in India since its independence.

“During the past 32 years, no one from the Gandhi family has become Prime Minister, Union Minister or Chief Minister. So why Modi ji is afraid of this family. Why Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, should he say that nothing has happened in 75 years in why everyone is attacking Congress, he asked.

“Because the DNA of the Congress party and the country is the same before and after independence. The Congress is the party that carries all religions and all social classes,” he said.


Gehlot also expressed his confidence that the Congress will win the Rajasthan assembly elections, which are due to be held next year. He also said that the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Modi would be ousted from power after the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

“We will win the next Assembly elections and then the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. This time is not an easy game for Prime Minister Modi,” he said. “The way Nitish Kumar dealt a blow to the BJP in Bihar and Congress cornered the central government through protests led by Rahul Gandhi over the issue of inflation and unemployment, the Modi government has shaken.”

In previous elections in 2017, the Gehlot-led Congress won 100 seats in Rajasthan’s 200-member legislature, ousting Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and the BJP from power. It should be noted that the Congress and the BJP have alternately governed Rajasthan since 1993.