Not keen on becoming Congress president: Kamal Nath | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath on Wednesday said he does not want to contest the election for the post of party chief because he wishes to focus on the state assembly elections scheduled next year.
Addressing a press conference, the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said that the elections for the Congress president’s post are being held because Rahul Gandhi refused to take up the party’s reins.
“I talked to Rahul Gandhi and urged him to contest so that all this (ongoing uproar) could be ended. I told him things are getting complicated. But he said he does not want to become the party president,” Nath told reporters.
When asked why he he himself does not want to contest the polls for the top post in the party, Nath said he had gone to Delhi and told Congress president Sonia Gandhi that he would not leave Madhya Pradesh as assembly elections are only 12 months away.
Kamal Nath also distanced himself from answering about the developments in Rajasthan saying he doesn’t want to be involved.
Meanwhile, Congress has slapped showcause notices on Gehlot loyalists — senior state ministers Shanti Dhariwal and Mahesh Joshi (also the chief whip) — for the boycott, accusing them of misleading the MLAs. Besides, Dharmendra Rathore, chairman of the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, has been accused of making logistical arrangements for the boycott.
Congress is also keeping its “Plan B” ready, with some veterans back in contention — Mallikarjun Kharge, Digvijaya Singh, Kumari Selja, Mukul Wasnik, Meira Kumar.
(With agency inputs)

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