Congress president poll: Former Union Ministers Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor are running, and the party will elect a leader who is not a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family for the first time in 24 years. The count of votes for the new chief begins at the AICC headquarters. The outcome is expected to be announced today between 3 and 4 p.m.
Mallikarjun Kharge is widely regarded as the contest’s favorite. According to news reports, the elected president will take office after Diwali in the presence of senior leaders at the Congress headquarters in a program.
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The new president will succeed Sonia Gandhi, who has been acting as interim president since Rahul Gandhi stepped down following the party’s defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Madhusudan Mistry, chairman of the Congress Central Election Authority, arrives at the party’s headquarters in Delhi. The party’s presidential election vote counting will begin soon. Gaurav Gogoi, the party’s presidential candidate Mallikarjun Kharge’s counting agent, also arrives at the headquarters.
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Elections for the party chief’s post were held for the sixth time in Congress’ 137-year history on Monday. Sonia Gandhi defeated Jitendra Prasada in 1998 and held the position until December 2017, when she handed it over to her son, Rahul Gandhi.
Mallikarjun Kharge has been dubbed the Gandhi family’s “unofficial official candidate,” with the support of a large number of senior party leaders. The 80-year-old is a grassroots politician and ardent Gandhi family supporter. Kharge was born into a poor family in Varavatti, Bidar district, and completed his schooling, BA, and law studies in Gulbarga.
66-year-old Shashi Tharoor is known for expressing his opinions and joined the Congress in 2009 after working for the United Nations for many years. Tharoor was born in London and received an excellent education. He attended prestigious colleges in India and the United States, including St Stephen’s College in Delhi and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts. In 1978, he received his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.