New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh will on Thursday meet party chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi amid speculation that he may join his colleagues Ashok Gehlot and Shashi Tharoor as a candidate for the party chief post.

According to sources, Singh is expected to convey his intent to run for the party’s key post, to Sonia Gandhi.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and party MP Shashi Tharoor have emerged as the key contenders for the top job in the Congress party after reports claimed that Rahul Gandhi has refused to take up to the post he quit after the Congress’ debacle in 2019 Lok Sabah election.

The two senior party leaders have also met Sonia Gandhi and expressed their desire to contest the poll while she conveyed that she would stay “neutral” in the October 17 election.

Gehlot indicated on Wednesday that he would abide by the wishes of party workers on whether to contest the poll. He, however, had also said that he would make one last-ditch effort to persuade Rahul Gandhi to take up the top post.

“The party and high command have given me everything. I have been on posts for 40-50 years. For me no post is important, I will fulfil any responsibility given to me by the party,” he had told reporters.

“If people in the party think I’m needed in the role of party president or CM, then I won’t say no but I will again request Rahul Gandhi (to become Cong president). If he conducts Bharat Jodo Yatra as party president, then it will create an aura for the party,” he added.

The process of filing nominations for the organisational elections in the Congress begins on September 24 and will end on September 30. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 8 and the election will be held on October 17. The results will be announced on October 19.

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