Rahul Gandhi Shoots Down Ashok Gehlot's "Double Role" Condition: 10 Facts

Ashok Gehlot, a leading candidate for Congress president, has been seeking a double role even if he wins the party's internal elections.

Sachin Pilot spent the day with Rahul Gandhi yesterday.

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi on Thursday strongly indicated that Ashok Gehlot, who is set to run for Congress president, cannot keep two posts if he wins. His rival Sachin Pilot may replace him as Rajasthan Chief Minister, sources say.

Here are 10 points on the big story:

  1. "We have made a commitment in Udaipur, I expect that the commitment will be maintained," Rahul Gandhi told reporters in Kerala on the "one person, one post" rule and whether it would apply to Ashok Gehlot.

  2. The 71-year-old is the Gandhis' choice for Congress president but he has held out so far, worrying that if elected, he will need to step down as Rajasthan Chief Minister.

  3. In that case Mr Gehlot's most likely replacement in Rajasthan would be Sachin Pilot, whose rebellion nearly brought down his government in 2020.

  4. Mr Pilot spent the day with Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday, walking with him on his "Bharat Jodo Yatra" in Kerala, and flew out this morning, hours before Mr Gehlot's arrival.

  5. Mr Gehlot said he will try "one last time" to persuade Rahul Gandhi to return as Congress president before filing his papers on Monday for the October 17 election.

  6. Mr Gandhi made it clear that he stands by his decision.

  7. On Wednesday, Mr Gehlot met with interim chief Sonia Gandhi, reportedly to press his case.

  8. "One person can remain a minister and also be elected Congress president. I will do anything that benefits the party, one post, two posts or three posts, I won't back down," he said before the meeting.

  9. After his meeting with Sonia Gandhi, senior leader KC Venugopal said on the "one man one post" rule: "It will be applicable depending on who contests and wins." But Rahul Gandhi's stern message leaves no room for doubt.

  10. Asked what he would tell the next party chief, Mr Gandhi said: "My advice would be whoever becomes Congress president should remember he represents a set of ideas, a belief system, the vision of India."

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