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‘Sonia Gandhi, Rahul have no…’: Shashi Tharoor on low SUPPORT for his Congress presidential bid

Shashi Tharoor confirms Congress chief bid;  Shashi Tharoor has confirmed that he will be contesting the elections and said that he has spoken to Rahul Gandhi over a call and he has their support, referring to Rahul, Sonia and Priyanka Gandhi. Tharoor is likely to file his nomination on Friday, the last day of filing nominations.

‘Sonia Gandhi, Rahul have no…’: Shashi Tharoor on low SUPPORT for his Congress presidential bid

Thiruvananthapuram: Senior Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor has said that the Gandhi family has no issues with him contesting for the party president`s post. The Thiruvananthapuram MP made a quick visit to Rahul Gandhi soon after his morning session of the Bharat Jodo yatra ended at Pattambi in the Palakkad district.

"I came and met Rahul Gandhi. I spoke to the three people in the Gandhi family and they have no issue with contesting it. I am yet to make a decision and have been getting reactions from across the country, he said. Asked if he expects backing from the Congress leaders in Kerala, with a smile, he said, "Yes, surely, but not all would support and my support will increase after the nomination is filed."

It may be recalled that a section of Kerala Congress leaders is reportedly not happy with Tharoor's move to contest the presidential election. Instead, they want Rahul Gandhi to take charge as Congress president. 

Earlier today, Tharoor joined Rahul Gandhi in the Bharat Jodo Yatra. Tharoor reached Pattambi, Palakkad in Kerala for the padayatra. As the date for filing nomination is approaching, Tharoor confirmed that he will be contesting the elections and said that he has spoken to Rahul Gandhi over a call and he has their support, referring to Rahul, Sonia and Priyanka Gandhi. Tharoor is likely to file his nomination on Friday, the last day of filing nominations.

It is likely to be a contest between Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for the Congress presidential post as the window for filing the nomination papers began on September 24. Candidates can file their nominations by September 30.

(With Agency inputs)

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