New Delhi, August 24: As Congress party's president is round the corner, the turbulence over the chief candidate's name still prevailed on Wednesday as sources confirmed that the senior leaders of the party advised Sonia Gandhi who is currently interim president, to continue till 2024 if her son and party leader Rahul Gandhi denies running for the post.
The senior leaders also stressed that no one except the Gandhi family can hold the party together, the party will disintegrate and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should be given command after 2024. "Sonia Gandhi hinted at the name of Ashok Gehlot, saying that if no one from the Gandhi family is made then Gehlot should be made the president, She also said this to Gehlot in the meeting between the two leaders on Tuesday," said sources.
The tally is still stuck as both Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi are going abroad for their mother Sonia Gandhi's check-up.
In the next few days, the date of the election for the post of President will be announced.
After the refusal of the Gandhi family in the race for the post of president, Ashok Gehlot is the first, followed by Mukul Wasnik, Venugopal, Kumari Selja, Malikarjun Kharge, Bhupesh Baghel and many other names are in discussion.
Ahead of his Bharat Jodo Yatra starting from Kanyakumari on September 7, Rahul Gandhi will work with civil society to chalk out a strategy for the 2024 general elections. Gandhi is going to meet organizations and individuals working for different sections of society before his Bharat Jodo Yatra.