New Congress President : Mallikarjun Kharge is new Congress President, will be first non-Gandhi to hold post in over 2 decades
Mallikarjun Kharge is new Congress President, will be first non-Gandhi to hold post in over 2 decades
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On Wednesday, Mallikarjun Kharge won the party’s high-stakes presidential election, becoming the party’s first non-Gandhi president in over two decades. Kharge received 7,897 of the total 9,385 votes, while Tharoor received 1,072 votes. He will replace Sonia Gandhi, who has held the position since Rahul Gandhi stepped down after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Rahul Gandhi responded to a question today referring to Kharge as the new Congress president in an apparent slip of the tongue. On the eve of counting day, the Tharoor camp approached the election authority alleging irregularities during the election.
Several states, including Uttar Pradesh, the state with the most PCC delegates, are allegedly subject to irregularities. In Uttar Pradesh, they allege that ballot boxes were not sealed after polling was completed, in accordance with the authority’s guidelines.
In contrast to Kharge, who was considered the Gandhi family’s ‘unofficial official candidate’ backed by many senior leaders, Tharoor positioned himself as the candidate of change.
The party’s president will be chosen by an electoral contest for the sixth time in its nearly 137-year history. According to the party, close to 96 percent of Pradesh Congress Committee delegates voted in the high-stakes contest between the two veteran leaders Monday.
9,497 PCC delegates voted across state capitals, including 87 at the AICC headquarters and 50 at the Yatra campsite, said Madhusudan Mistry, the party’s Central Election Authority (CEA).
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