It’s Tharoor vs Kharge for Congress Presidential Poll

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By: Ritika

After weeks of deliberation, three senior Congress politicians – Mallikarjun Kharge, Shashi Tharoor, and K N Tripathi – filed their candidacy for Congress president on Friday. Mallikarjun Kharge was joined in submitting his nomination by Ashok Gehlot, Digvijay Singh, Rajeev Shukla, Salman Khursheed, Pawan Bansal, Tariq Anwar, and Anand Sharma. The leaders, accompanied by supporters and workers, arrived at the All India Congress Committee office.

Mallikarjun Kharge, a veteran Congressman, was the latest to join the race. He is thought to be the party’s official choice. He would quit as Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition in compliance with the Congress’ ‘one person, one post’ rule, which was enacted during the ‘Chintan Shivir’ in Rajasthan’s Udaipur earlier this year. Congress politician Digvijay Singh, who had collected candidacy papers on Thursday, has stepped out of the contest and is supporting Kharge. KN Tripathi was the first to file nominations on the last day, followed by Shashi Tharoor and Mallikarjun Kharge.

Senior Congress politician Shashi Tharoor on Friday disclaimed any intention of resigning from the race for Congress president, after the senior leader filed the nomination Tharoor told Hindustan Times reporters that he won’t withdraw from the race for Congress president because he can’t let down workers from all across the country who have gone above and beyond to show their support for him.

He called Kharge Bhishma Pitamah of Congress. When asked about running against Kharge, Tharoor talked about representing his ideals. The Thiruvananthapuram MP delivered his papers to Madhusudan Mistry, chairman of the party’s national election authority, in his office at the AICC headquarters. According to Tharoor, Sonia Gandhi, the head of the Congress, assured him that the Gandhi family will not support any official candidate for this office. Previously, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was the frontrunner, but he stepped out due to a political crisis in his state. The central leadership has issued a show cause notice to Gehlot’s three allies for suspected indiscipline.

For the first time in almost 24 years, someone other than the Gandhi family will lead the party. Sitaram Kesri, who served as Prime Minister from 1996 to 1998, was the last politician elected from outside the Gandhi dynasty.