Congress leader Shashi Tharoor (file photo)
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Saturday said the Gandhi family has told him that there is no "official" candidate for the party president's post and he will remain neutral.
Tharoor began his campaign for the election of party president by visiting the Deekshabhoomi memorial in Maharashtra here.
He and senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge are in the fray for the post.
If none of these nomination papers are withdrawn, then voting will be held.
Tharoor told reporters, "I met all the three members of the Gandhi family (Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka).
He repeatedly told me that there is no official candidate for the election of party president and there will be no such candidate.
They want a good and fair election.
The Gandhi family will remain neutral and the party machinery neutral.
They want a good election and want to strengthen the party.
I have no doubt when the party president has assured me." Tharoor was replying to a question whether Kharge is the Gandhi family's favorite candidate.
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