Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said he won't run for the Congress president's post and that he has "apologised" to Sonia Gandhi over the rebel crisis, at a meeting today at her house. Today's crucial meeting came amid a turmoil over the Congress president election and the Rajasthan rebel crisis.
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Ashok Gehlot today said he will not run for Congress president, taking "moral responsibility" for the rebellion in Rajasthan by MLAs loyal to him. He also said he had apologised to Sonia Gandhi over the Rajasthan crisis.
"What happened two days ago has shaken all of us. I have apologised to Sonia Gandhi. It is my moral responsibility as the Chief Minister to ensure a coordinated effort and for the first time that hasn't happened. I have expressed my apology to Sonia Gandhi. I have held different posts in the Congress over several years but this is the first time this has happened. This has saddened me. I will not contest elections under these circumstances. Sonia Gandhi will decide whether I stay Chief Minister," said Ashok Gehlot.
Ashok Gehlot left Sonia Gandhi's residence after attending a meeting amid the Rajasthan Congress crisis and the turmoil over Congress president election.
Digvijaya Singh today arrived to collect nomination forms in a precursor, formally joining the contest for Congress president. "I have come to collect nomination papers," Mr Singh told reporters, adding that he would file his nomination tomorrow, the last day for doing so ahead of the October 17 election. He is expected to face Shashi Tharoor, who is also likely to file his papers tomorrow, even as a meeting is on between Sonia Gandhi and Ashok Gehlot, who was seen as the Gandhis' choice for the top post in the party.
Ashok Gehlot arrived for a meeting with Sonia Gandhi this afternoon after some delay amid turmoil over the Congress president election and the Rajasthan rebel crisis. Mr Gehlot arrived late last night for his meeting with Mrs Gandhi. He was seen to be the Gandhis' choice for Congress president and was to file his nomination papers today.