Shashi Tharoor vs Ashok Gehlot: A battle of opposites for Congress president's post
On one side is Ashok Gehlot, 71-year-old, a grassroots politician connected with the Congress from student days, an organisational man who always toes the party line and a mass leader. In contrast is 66-year-old Shashi Tharoor - articulate, erudite and suave - who is known for speaking his mind and joined the Congress in 2009 after a long stint at the United Nations.
As nominations for the Congress president began yesterday, the nomination papers can be filed till 30 September with results to be announced on 19 October. Also, with Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra deciding not to be in the running for the party president's post, a non-Gandhi would be at the helm after over 24 years. As Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has already announced his candidature, Thiruvananthapuram MP and former union minister Shashi Tharoor also made his intentions clear by getting the nomination forms collected on Saturday and will fill nomination for the post on 30 September.
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