New Delhi: Shanti Dhariwal, Mahesh Joshi, and MLA Dharmendra Rathore were given show-cause notices by the Congress disciplinary committee on Tuesday for organising a parallel meeting of MLAs last weekend instead of attending a Congress Legislature Party meeting, which was attended by three prominent supporters of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
After only a few hours in Delhi, former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and top Congress leader Kamal Nath left for Bhopal and avoided mediating disputes between opposing factions of the Rajasthan Congress. In order to assist in resolving the leadership issue, Congress veteran AK Antony, who had previously announced his retirement from active politics, was asked to return to Delhi.
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Ashok Gehlot informed close friends that he was prepared to resign as chief minister of Rajasthan but that he “would not let the traitor become CM,” making it clear that he would tolerate anyone else in that role but Sachin Pilot, who encouraged Congress MLAs to defect to the BJP in 2020.
Senior leaders Ambika Soni and Anand Sharma were sent by Congress President Sonia Gandhi to speak with Gehlot. An ex-member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) warned that the election process could need to be delayed if issues are not resolved tonight (Tuesday night). The deadline for applicants to submit nominations is September 30.
Pilot’s arrival in Delhi, however, it was unclear whether he had been invited or had travelled to the city independently, only served to further the confusion. Until the time of going to press, he had not been granted the opportunity to meet the Congress president.
Shashi Tharoor, a former union minister and member of the Kerala legislature, is the sole confirmed candidate for president in the Congress as of now. He is expected to file his papers on Friday with the support of 30 other party members.
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