Rahul Gandhi for ‘one person, one post’

Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday emphasised the “one person, one post” norm and said he believes the commitment of party’s Udaipur declaration would be maintained in the election for the party’s topmost post.
Describing the post of Congress president as an “ideological post”, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the position “represents a set of ideas and belief system and vision of India”. Answering a question during a press conference on the 15th day of the Bharat Jodo Yatra here, Gandhi said: “You are taking on a position. It is a historic position that defines and has defined a particular view of India. It is not just an organisational post. The Congress president is an ideological post, it is a belief system. My advice would be whoever becomes the president should remember that he represents a set of ideas and a belief system and a vision of India.”
“What we had decided in Udaipur. ‘One person, one post’ is a commitment of Congress and I expect that commitment will be maintained (on party’s presidential post),” he added.
The Congress had decided on a set of organisational reforms during the Udaipur Chintan Shivir held earlier this year. The declaration said that the principle of “one person, one post” should be followed.
Rahul Gandhi is not likely to run for the presidential poll scheduled to be held on October 17. The results will be announced on 19 October.
Taking a veiled jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party, Gandhi today said that Congress is fighting a “machine” that has “captured the institutional framework” of the country.
“We are fighting a machine that has captured the institutional framework of this country and has unlimited money, unlimited ability to pressurise, buy and threaten people,” he said.
Sources said Rahul Gandhi will now come back to Delhi on Thursday night.
“Rahul Gandhi will be coming back to Delhi tonight (Thursday) as there is a halt in Bharat Jodo Yatra on Friday. On 24 September, Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will rejoin the Bharat Jodo Yatra,” a source said.
The nomination process for the post of Congress president will begin on September 24 and conclude on September 30.