New Delhi : Senior Congress leader Mallikarjan Kharge has been elected as the new National President of the party. After almost 24 years, a leader from outside the Gandhi family has been elected as the president of the country’s oldest party. Before that, Sitaram Kesri was a non-Gandhi president. Voting for the post of Congress President was held on October 17. This time the contest was between senior party leader Mallikarjan Kharge and Shashi Tharoor. Out of which Mallikarjan Kharge was able to defeat Shashi Tharoor. After being elected Congress president, senior leader Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met Kharge and congratulated him on his victory.
A total of 9385 votes were cast for the election of Congress President, out of which 416 votes were declared bogus. Out of 8969 valid votes, Mallikarjun Kharge got 7897 votes while Shashi Tharoor got the remaining 1072 votes. On this, Shashi Tharoor said, it is a great honor to be the president of Congress, it is a big responsibility. Congratulations on your success. The final decision went in favor of Kharge, I want to congratulate him wholeheartedly for his victory in the Congress elections.
At the same time, he said, ‘We are indebted to the outgoing Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who provided leadership and strength to the party in very critical situations. I thank Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi for their support in conducting free and fair elections for the post of Congress President.
About 9,900 Congress delegates were eligible to vote to elect the party chief. Voting took place at around 68 polling stations, including the Congress headquarters. Around 9,500 delegates (members of the Electoral College), including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and several other senior leaders, voted to elect the party’s new president on Monday.
Elections for the post of President have been held for the sixth time in the 137-year history of the Congress party. According to party general secretary Jairam Ramesh, elections for the post of president have been held in 1939, 1950, 1977, 1997 and 2000. This time after 22 years, the post of President has been elected.
Meanwhile, during the counting of votes, Shashi Tharoor’s team wrote to the party’s chief electoral authority raising the issue of “gross irregularities” during the elections in Uttar Pradesh and demanding that all votes cast in the state be counted. be declared invalid. Tharoor’s campaign team had raised “serious issues” in the conduct of elections in Punjab and Telangana as well.
In a letter to the party’s Central Election Authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry, Tharoor’s chief election agent Salman Soz said the facts were “damaging” and “undermined credibility and credibility” in the electoral process in Uttar Pradesh, the team said. Lack of”.
Along with this, Rahul Gandhi announced the name of Mallikarjan Kharge for the Congress President even before the official announcement. When Rahul Gandhi was asked a question about his role in the party, he said, “Congress president will decide my role, ask Khargeji.” Congress president is supreme. I will only report to the President. The new president of the party will decide my role in the party.