According to Shashi Tharoor, Sonia Gandhi assured him that the Congress presidential elections would be fair and that anyone who want to run for the position may do so.
Shashi Tharoor met with interim Congress chairwoman Sonia Gandhi on Monday, only weeks after he highlighted worries about “transparency and fairness” in the next election, party insiders told Hindustan Times, amid rumours that he will contest the party’s presidential nomination.
A Congress leader added, “Mrs. Gandhi has made it very clear that legitimate elections would be held and that anyone who wishes to run for president can do so.”
Gandhi also stated that there will be no official party candidate, the leader continued. The leader added, “She claimed the elections will be fair and transparent.”
Tharoor hasn’t officially ruled out running for party president, but there hasn’t been any confirmation. The MP was contacted by HT, but they did not immediately receive a response.
Elections for the position will take place between August 21 and September 20, the Congress earlier said. Any member of Congress who wishes to run for party president must have the backing of at least 10 delegates.
The meeting between Tharoor and Sonia Gandhi takes place just after Congress MPs called for election process openness.
The list of PCC delegates that make up the electoral college must be made available to all voters and prospective candidates, said five Congress MPs in a letter to the chairman of the internal poll commission for the Congress, Madhusudhan Mistry.
Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari, Karti Chidambaram, Pradyut Bordoloi, and Abdul Khaleque, members of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, demanded the release of this list in a letter to Mistry dated September 6 in order to confirm who is qualified to vote and who is qualified to propose a candidate.
The letter stated that the CEA (Central Election Authority) “must put in place a mechanism to securely communicate this information with all voters and potential candidates in case the CEA (Central Election Authority) has any concerns with respect to the release of the electoral rolls publicly.”
I notice your concern and respect your desire of strengthening the party, Mistry stated in response to a letter from five Congress MPs, among them Tharoor, who voiced worries over “transparency and fairness” in the impending party election. For the first time, all delegates from the 28 states and 9 union territories will also get identity cards with QR codes, according to Mistry.
“Those who want to submit a nomination should confirm that they have their delegate identity card on hand. The nomination papers may only be signed by those who possess legal identification cards, the man stated.
Regarding Tharoor’s meeting with Sonia Gandhi, HT contacted Mistry but did not immediately hear back.