Congress President polls: Sonia Gandhi summons KC Venugopal to Delhi

Congress leaders KC Venugopal, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. File photo: Manorama

New Delhi: Amid buzz over the Congress president polls, the party's general secretary organisation K C Venugopal met AICC chief Sonia Gandhi here on Tuesday.

Sources said organisational matters and those related to the presidential polls were on the agenda of the meeting.

Venugopal, who had been participating in the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kerala, flew down to the national capital to meet Gandhi at her 10 Janpath residence.

The meeting comes at a time when the Congress is likely to see a contest for the post of party chief with Shashi Tharoor looking set to enter the fray after his meeting with Sonia Gandhi and Ashok Gehlot being seen as the other contender.

Congress leader KC Venugopal
Congress leader KC Venugopal. File Photo: Manorama

Tharoor met Sonia Gandhi on Monday and expressed his intention to contest the polls. The Congress president is learnt to have conveyed to Tharoor that she would stay "neutral" in the elections, according to sources.

Gandhi welcomed the idea of more people contesting the polls and dispelled the notion that there would be an "official candidate", sources said.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Gehlot is being considered as a candidate for the top post favoured by the present dispensation, according to some sources.

Gehlot, however, denies that he is a candidate and has been saying that he will try and convince Rahul Gandhi to contest.

The process for filing nominations for the election will be held from September 24 to 30. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 8 and the election, if required, will be held on October 17. The results will be out on October 19.  

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