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Rahul takes audio poll, seeks Congress workers' choice on CM candidates

While Kamal Nath is considered top contender for the post in Madhya Pradesh, Ashok Gehlot leads the race in Rajasthan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses the media after the party's win in Assembly elections of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, at the party headquarters in New Delhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi | Photo: PTI

Amid hectic deliberations and lobbying for selection of chief ministers in Rajasthan, and Chattisgarh, said Thursday that the party was taking inputs from MLAs and workers and the names will be declared soon.

Gandhi held hectic deliberations with workers earlier at his residence ahead of selecting the party's chief ministers for the three states.

"You will see chief ministers soon. We are taking inputs from MLAs, party workers and others," he told reporters.

Meanwhile, the potential chief minister candidates in and arrived in the city Thursday for a meeting with the who will take a final call on the top post in the states.

While is considered top contender for the post in Madhya Pradesh, leads the race in Rajasthan, but Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Sachin is not giving up his claim and is putting up stiff resistance.

The contenders for the top post in -- Gehlot and -- and in -- Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia -- arrived early morning in the national capital.

The Congress will first meet party observers A K Antony for Madhya Pradesh and K C Venugopal for before meeting those in the race.

The observers had already held discussions with the newly-elected party MLAs in and Wednesday and would give their inputs to Gandhi on who the legislators want to be as their chief ministers.

Over the last 24 hours, an audio message from Gandhi has gone to 7.3 lakh party workers across the three states in which they have been asked to name their chief ministerial choice.

In the audio message, he is heard congratulating the leaders for the party's victory in the assembly in the three heartland states.

"Now I want to ask you a vital question: Who should be the chief minister? Please mention just one name.

I'm the only person who would know whom you are naming. No one in the party will know. Please speak after the beep".

First Published: Thu, December 13 2018. 11:15 IST