Shashi Tharoor to submit his candidacy for Congress president on 30th September
A representative of Tharoor has informed his office that he will file a nomination for the post of president on September 30 at 11 AM.
The chairman of the party’s central election authority, Madhusudan Mistry, said on Tuesday that AICC treasurer Pawan Kumar Bansal has collected nomination forms, but added that it might be for someone else. This comes amid speculation over who might challenge Shashi Tharoor for the position of Congress president. Mistry added that Tharoor has informed his office through a representative that he will submit a nomination for the position of president on September 30 at 11 AM.
In an interview with reporters in his office at the AICC headquarters, Mistry claimed that on Tuesday, he visited party leader Sonia Gandhi at her 10 Janpath residence and gave her a voter’s ID card. He also briefed Gandhi about the process so far as how many people have collected the nomination forms and about the delegates.
Mistry said Bansal got the nomination forms collected from his office on Monday and it may be “as a supporter” of someone. When pressed further as to whether Bansal may have collected the forms for himself or someone else, Mistry said he cannot say for whom he has collected as it is not the procedure to ask for whom forms are being collected as any delegate can collect the forms.
According to a notification issued by the party, the process for filing nominations for the election will be held from September 24 to 30. The date for scrutiny of the nomination papers is October 1, while the last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 8. The final list of candidates will be published at 5 pm on October 8.
The polling, if needed, will be held on October 17. The counting of votes will be taken up on October 19 and the results will be declared the same day.
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