The Madrid PP uses the result in Castilla y León to insist on advancing the congress that puts Ayuso in charge
Barely 12 hours after the closing of the polling stations in Castilla y León, Isabel Díaz Ayuso puts pressure on Pablo Casado again to celebrate as soon as possible the autonomous congress of the PP in Madrid that renews its leadership and for whose Presidency only Ayuso herself has applied for the moment. The calendar approved in July 2022 set it for the end of spring this year, but the Madrid president has been trying since last August to have it held as soon as possible. This Monday, the spokesman for the Government of Madrid, Enroque Ossorio, has reiterated his position and has assured that the result of yesterday's elections reaffirms their haste.
REPORT: Casado feels the pressure while Ayuso moves one more chip in his favor
"She claims an advance from congress," the government spokesman, who has actually acted as Ayuso's spokesman for his partisan claims, assured in an interview on Telemadrid. The also Minister of Education has added: "These elections show that everything you do to improve a reading result over time is very positive."
Ayuso's justification for demanding last August the advancement of a calendar that she herself voted for a month earlier is precisely that: prepare the PP for the 2023 elections. At the head of the party in Madrid is a leadership, which should be provisional , led by Pío García Escudero, who assumed the presidency after Ángel Garrido moved to Ciudadanos just before the 2019 elections, since Casado opted for Ayuso as a candidate.
But Casado refused from the beginning to give in to Ayuso's claims. The decision was to first celebrate the congresses in multiprovincial autonomous communities, of which only the one in Extremadura remains pending, scheduled for next April 9. It will be later when the turn comes to the organizations of uniprovincial territories. And at the bottom of the list is Madrid, so it is not expected to happen before June.
The general secretary of the PP, Teodoro García Egea, clings to this calendar. In an interview this Monday on Antena 3, the number two de Casado has assured that this 13F "which is clearly strengthened is the PP", as well as "the project of Pablo Casado and Alfonso Fernández Mañueco". "The PP is the one who wins, Pablo Casado is the one who wins. The ballot is that of the PP, headed by Ayuso, Feijóo or Mañueco," he defended.
Ayuso leaves Castilla y León reinforced. Mañueco turned to her in the last week of the campaign, when it was not planned, to try to cover the rise of Vox. Casado himself toughened his speech to bring him closer to that of the extreme right. In the last meeting, on Friday, the president reeled off during a good part of her speech the ideology that should guide the PP. She barely spent a few minutes asking for a vote for her candidate.
On Sunday night, after Mañueco's slight victory, Ayuso posted a tweet celebrating the victory. In the photo with which she illustrated it, she and the rest of the autonomous presidents of the PP appeared. No trace of Pablo Casado.