Congress President: Ashok Gehlot vs Shashi Tharoor contest

  • What: In a historic incident, the Congress party is set to have a non-Gandhi President for the first time in the past 20 years. The elections for the post of the Congress president will be held next month after a two-year-long back and forth on the subject.

  • Who: Ashok Gehlot, a Gandhi family loyalist, will run for party president opposite Shashi Tharoor, who is among those in the party who want major internal reforms.

  • Background: For now, Sonia Gandhi is the interim President of the party after her son, Rahul Gandhi, had stepped down from the post after the 2019 elections defeat. Rahul Gandhi has refused to return to the post, despite demands from a large section of the party.

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