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Congress president election Highlights: Mallikarjun Kharge is new party chief, Shashi Tharoor concedes defeat

Congress president election Highlights: Mallikarjun Kharge is new party chief, Shashi Tharoor concedes defeat

Congress president election Highlights: Mallikarjun Kharge is new party chief, Shashi Tharoor concedes defeat
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Congress president election results Highlights: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is set to be the new party president as he won 7,897 votes in the recently concluded election. His rival and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor got just 1,097 votes and he has conceded defeat. Kharge is the first non-Gandhi president in 24 years. More than 9,500 votes cast to choose between Kharge and Tharoor were counted to cap the election contest, the sixth in its 137-year-old history. The counting of the votes cast began at 10 am at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi. While Kharge is considered the firm's favourite with his perceived proximity to the Gandhis and a large number of senior leaders backing him, Tharoor has pitched himself as the candidate of change. Of the total 9,915 Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) delegates that formed the electoral college to pick the party chief in a secret ballot, over 9,500 cast their ballot at PCC offices and the AICC headquarters, CEC Madhusudan Mistry said. It was the sixth time in Congress' nearly 137-year-old history that an electoral contest is deciding who would take up the mantle of the party's president as successor to Sonia Gandhi. The political journeys of the two dramatis personae in the Congress presidential elections have been disparate. Kharge is a grassroots politician and hardcore loyalist of the Gandhi family, while Tharoor, a social media pioneer and often outspoken, joined the Congress only in 2009 after a long stint at the United Nations.

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Oct 19, 2022 9:21 PM

Proud moment for state: Karnataka Congress on Kharge's win

Congress leaders and workers on Wednesday termed veteran Mallikarjun Kharge's victory in the party presidential election as a proud moment for Karnataka. Former chief minister Siddaramaiah said Kharge's experience and insights will take Congress in the right direction. "Heartiest congratulations to newly elected @INCIndia President Shri Mallikarjun @kharge. His experience, commitment & insights will drive Congress in the right direction. It is a proud moment for all Kannadigas. #AICCPresidentElection," Siddaramaiah tweeted. Congress state president D K Shivakumar too echoed similar sentiments.

Oct 19, 2022 7:57 PM

Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot meet Kharge in Delhi separately, congratulate him on election as party chief

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his former deputy Sachin Pilot and other leaders from the state congratulated Mallikarjun Kharge on being elected as the president of the Congress party. Gehlot, Pilot and Mahesh Joshi, the Congress chief whip in the state Assembly, separately met Kharge in Delhi after his victory.

Oct 19, 2022 7:02 PM

 In election of this nature, there were bound to be glitches: Tharoor

Oct 19, 2022 5:53 PM

Looking forward to working with Kharge: Pawar

Oct 19, 2022 5:49 PM

Kharge will consult everyone, give preference to party workers, says his son

Priyank Kharge on Wednesday said his father Mallikarjun Kharge, who was elected as the Congress President, will strengthen the outfit by consulting everyone and give preference to the party workers. Addressing reporters in New Delhi, the Congress MLA said, "We have to build the party at the grassroots level, encourage our cadre and have to work beyond our capacities to ensure that the governments are formed in various states. Challenges are very clear and his directions are very clear. The process of building the party will be consultative and the workers will get the preference." Priyank Kharge was replying to a query on the challenges before the new party President in the context of the crucial Assembly elections in Karnataka, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

Oct 19, 2022 5:39 PM

I want to congratulate my partner Shashi Tharoor as well. I met him and discussed how to take the party forward: Mallikarjun Kharge. 

Oct 19, 2022 5:12 PM

We all have to fight together against those who are attacking the democratic institution, says Mallikarjun Kharge. 

Oct 19, 2022 5:11 PM

Today, the entire country is getting together for the Bharat Jodo Yatra, being led by Rahul Gandhi. He even made some time to call me to congratulate me for winning, it made me very happy and I am very grateful for it. says Mallikarjun Kharge. 

Oct 19, 2022 5:10 PM

Sonia Gandhi has made many personal sacrifices for the Congress Party. Under her leadership, we made a goverment at the Centre twice. Her contributions to the party will always be remembered, says Mallikarjun Kharge

Oct 19, 2022 5:08 PM

Have been briefing Mistry from time to time, says Salman Soz, election agent of presidential candidate Shashi Tharoor

Oct 19, 2022 5:04 PM

"It's a moment of pride that Mallikarjun Kharge became Congress President, he is an experienced leader. Congress will strengthen under his leadership, and our party is united across the country," said Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

Oct 19, 2022 4:33 PM

"We believe that the party will move forward under his (Kharge's) leadership and we'll be able to rein in the fascist forces," said CM Bhupesh Baghel.

Oct 19, 2022 4:15 PM

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi congratulates Mallikarjun Kharge on being elected as the President of the Congress party.

Oct 19, 2022 4:03 PM

Mallikarjun Kharge is a symbol of social empowerment: Jairam Ramesh

Oct 19, 2022 3:51 PM