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  • Shashi Tharoor to contest elections for Congress president
  • Tharoor met Sonia Gandhi on Monday
  • Congress president elections October 17

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Tharoor had met Sonia Gandhi earlier in the day after endorsing a petition by a group of young party members seeking "constructive reforms"

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has received the approval of Sonia Gandhi to run for the post of party president in October, according to reports quoting sources.

Tharoor had met Sonia Gandhi earlier in the day after endorsing a petition by a group of young party members seeking "constructive reforms"

The petition that Tharoor endorsed said, "We are members of the Congress party with a desire to strengthen the party to reflect the hopes and aspirations of our nation." The petition stated some of the tenets of the Udaipur Declaration that was made on May 15, 2022, after the party's brainstorming session.

"We appeal to each candidate in the election for the President of the All India Congress Committee to undertake a public pledge to involve party members from block committees up to the CWC and implement the Udaipur Declaration in entirety within the first 100 days of assuming office," the petition said.

In its declaration, the Congress had announced wide-ranging organisational reforms to make the party battle ready for the next round of assembly and Lok Sabha polls, stressing on wider representation to those under 50 years of age and enforcing 'one person, one post' and 'one family, one ticket' rules with riders.

The process for filing nominations for the election will be held from September 24 to 30. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 8 and the election, if required, will be held on October 17. The results will be out on October 19.

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