NEW DELHI: The results of Congress President Election have been announced. Veteran Karnataka leader Mallikarjun Kharge has been elected the new Congress President after defeated his rival Shashi Tharoor.
He has got 7897 votes in the election, while his rival Shashi Tharoor has got about 1 thousand 72 votes.
Kharge who become the first non-Gandhi Congress oresident in 24 years and the first Scheduled Caste chief of the grand old organization in four decades.
#CongressPresidentElection | Mallikarjun Kharge wins the Congress presidential elections with 7897 votes, Shashi Tharoor got about 1000 votes; 416 votes rejected— ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2022
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According to news report, 416 votes have been rejected in the election.
After the victory of Mallikarjun Kharge, there is an atmosphere of celebration outside the AICC office in Delhi. A large number of leaders and workers are reaching the office.
Shashi Tharoor congratulated Mallikarjun Kharge
Shashi Tharoor has issued a statement congratulating Mallikarjun Kharge.
Tharoor tweeted, “It is a great honor and responsibility to be the President of Congress. I wish Mallikarjun Kharge ji success in this work. It was important for me to get the support of more than a thousand colleagues.”
Shashi Tharoor has issued a statement saying that around 9500 delegates had voted in the election for the party president. Today the verdict has come in favor of Mallikarjun Kharge. I congratulate him on the victory.
For the sixth time in the 137-year history of the Congress party, the election for the post of the party’s president was held on Monday. The leadership of the party has been in the hands of the Gandhi family for most of the time, or the president has been elected unanimously.
#WATCH| "I can't comment on Congress President's role, that's for Mr Kharge (party's Presidential candidate) to comment on. The President will decide what my role is…", says Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, in Andhra Pradesh— ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2022
Counting of votes to decide the Congress President underway pic.twitter.com/eRoRBY7QfX
‘Kharge will decide my role’: Rahul Gandhi
In Andhra Pradesh today, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said his future role would be decided by the Congress chief, who is the supreme authority in the party.
Kharge was always tipped to win, with the election tilted in his favour from day one, as evidenced in the list of proposers that included all Gandhi family loyalists even though party chief Sonia Gandhi made it clear that there was no official candidate.