Tharoor, who had met Sonia earlier on Monday, expressed his intention to run for the October election.
Sonia welcomed the idea of more people taking to the polls and dispelled the notion that there would be an “official candidate,” they said.
Gandhi’s response to Tharoor’s desire to run for office was seen by many as encouraging him to run and he could announce his candidacy within the next few days.
Regarding Tharoor’s meeting with Gandhi and speculations about it, Congress said no one needs to nod to run for president as it is an open, democratic and transparent process.
“Anyone who wants to run for office is free and welcome to do so. This is the consistent position of the Speaker of the National Assembly and Shri Rahul Gandhi. This is an open, democratic and transparent process. No one needs anyone’s nod to dispute,” said AICC Secretary General for Communications Jairam Ramesh.
Tharoor, a member of the popular G-23 leadership group, has been interested in running for office since the election was announced last month.
MP Thiruvananthapuram also endorsed a petition on Monday by a group of young party members seeking “constructive reforms”.
The petition shared by Tharoor on Twitter seeks reforms and pledges by the AICC chair candidates to implement the Udaipur Declaration in its entirety if elected. The former Union Minister said it has so far been signed by more than 650 people.
“I welcome this petition being circulated by a group of young @INCIndia members, seeking constructive reforms within the Party. To date, it has gathered over 650 signatures. I’m happy to endorse and go beyond it,” Tharoor tweeted with a screenshot of the petition.
The petition Tharoor endorsed says, “We are members of the Congress party with the desire to strengthen the party to reflect the hopes and aspirations of our nation.”
The petition outlining some tenets of the Udaipur Declaration was launched on May 15, 2022, after the party brainstorming session.
“We call on each candidate in the All India Congressional Committee Chairman election to commit openly to engaging party members from bloc committees up to the CWC and to implement the Declaration in its entirety. Udaipur within the first 100 days of taking office,” the petition said.
Chorus gets louder to bring Rahul back as Cong president
Notably, the development occurred at a time when the chorus that brought Rahul Gandhi back to the leadership of the party was growing larger in several state units.
Although Rahul has expressed his intention not to take part in the election, several senior leaders have urged him to take the position.
After the Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat units of the Parliament urged Rahul to be appointed party chief, the Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Bihar units also passed the resolution on Monday.
While some political analysts see the passage of such resolutions as an initiative to reaffirm allegiance to the Gandhi family, others see it as a genuine attempt to convince persuade Rahul Gandhi to take over the party.
When asked if he will become speaker of the National Assembly earlier this month, Rahul said, “Whether I become president or not, this will become very clear when the presidential election of Congress party takes place.”
“Wait until then and when that time comes, you’ll see, and if I’m not standing, you can ask me ‘why aren’t you standing’ and I’ll answer the question for you,” he told reporters. reporter. at a press conference in Kanyakumari.
However, he insists he has decided “very clearly” what he will do. “There’s no confusion in my mind at all.”
In the event that Rahul Gandhi does not run, the competition could now be between Tharoor and Rajasthan’s prime minister Ashok Gehlot, who is also being seen as a frontrunner for the position.
It has been more than two decades since a non-Gandhi leader led the party.
The announcement of the election of the President of the National Assembly will be made on September 22, and the nomination process will be held from September 24 to 30.
The last day to withdraw nominations is October 8, and elections, if required, will be held on October 17. Results will be announced on October 19.
(With input from PTI)