Mallikarjun Kharge appointed as the new president of the Congress Party. On Wednesday, senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge was elected as the Congress Party’s new president. Kharge defeated party leader Shashi Tharoor to win. On Monday, more than 9,500 party members voted in the presidential election.
Mallikarjun Kharge received 7,897 votes out of a total of 9,385 votes cast, while his opponent, Shashi Tharoor, received 1,072 votes. Kharge will succeed interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, who has held the position since Rahul Gandhi stepped down following the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
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Shashi Tharoor accuses the government of “extremely serious irregularities.”
Election agent to Congress presidential candidate Shashi Tharoor writes letter to Congress Central Election Authority chairman Madhusudhan Mistry, alleging “extremely serious irregularities in conduct of election in UP” & demands “that all votes from UP be deemed invalid”. pic.twitter.com/ZEAZVsJAVF
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Shashi Tharoor, Congress presidential candidate, writes to Congress Central Election Authority chairman Madhusudhan Mistry, alleging “extremely serious irregularities in the conduct of the election in UP” and demanding that “all votes from UP be deemed invalid.”
Mallikarjun Kharge has only lost one election in his career, to his former poll agent in 2019. He was considered the top candidate for Karnakata CM in 1999, 2004, and 2013, but he was never elected.
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.