New Delhi: The Congress’ Central Election Authority on Monday unanimously decided to postpone the election of a new party president due to the ongoing pandemic. The Congress’s election body had recommended that voting for a new party chief can take place on June 23. Sources say the Congress’s central election committee has suggested June 7 as the deadline for nominations for the party top post. But the Congress Working Committee, the party’s top decision-making body, said the elections should be put off given the COVID-19 crisis. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Turns 51: No Birthday Celebration Due To 2nd Wave, Congress Workers Urged to do Relief Work Instead

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot proposed that there should be no election to the post of Congress president currently in view of the COVID-19 situation and senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad seconded him. Azad, a prominent member of the group of 23 leaders who had demanded organisational elections, said at the meeting that no one in the party was seeking an election right now and thus the election as proposed by the central election authority should be postponed, the sources said. Also Read - All Not Well In MVA? Congress Will Contest Maharashtra Assembly Polls Alone, Says Nana Patole

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Mistry had earlier proposed that the election be held on June 23 and counting on June 24. Hw also proposed the notification for the election of a new Congress president be issued on June 1 and nominations for the same be accepted between June 2 and 7. “The CWC unanimously decided to postpone the election of Congress president till the Covid situation in the country improves,” a top leader told PTI.

The CWC had in its meeting on January 22 decided that the process for electing a Congress president would be completed by end-June and had asked the election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistri to prepare a schedule.

(With inputs from agencies)