Congress President Elections LIVE: Kharge, Tharoor, KN Tripathi in race to lead the party

Congress President Elections LIVE: After filing his nomination papers for the upcoming Congress presidential polls on Friday, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said, 'I am fighting for a big change.' Kharge also appealed to party delegates to vote for him in the election

FP Staff September 30, 2022 18:06:08 IST
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Congress President Elections LIVE: Kharge, Tharoor, KN Tripathi in race to lead the party

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Sept 30, 2022 - 20:45 (IST)

Congress President Election Crisis

Why Tharoor doesn't stand a chance against Kharge

After several rounds of speculation, a rebellion in Rajasthan, and a whole lot of drama — it’s final: the Congress presidential election will be a two-person contest between Shashi Tharoor and Mallikarjun Kharge.

Kharge entered the fray on Friday after Digvijaya Singh announced that he would not contest for the post and was, instead, proposing the candidature of the veteran leader.

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Sept 30, 2022 - 19:48 (IST)

Congress President Election Crisis

Tharoor apologises for distorted map of India in manifesto

Sept 30, 2022 - 17:59 (IST)

Congress President Election Crisis

Kharge, a Gandhi family loyalist poised to be 2nd Congress president from Karnataka

Popularly known as "Solillada Saradara" (a leader without defeat) in his home-State of Karnataka Mapanna Mallikarjun Kharge, who on Friday filed nomination for the Congress' presidential polls, is a hardcore loyalist of the Gandhi family.

If elected, he will be the second AICC president from Karnataka after S Nijalingappa, and also a Dalit leader to hold the post after Jagjivan Ram.

A leader with more than 50 years of experience in politics, 80-year-old  Kharge, who was elected MLA for nine times in a row, has seen a steady rise in his career graph from humble beginnings as a union leader in his home-district of Gulbarga, now Kalaburagi. (PTI)

Sept 30, 2022 - 17:17 (IST)

Congress President Election Crisis

We will announce final candidates' names after scrutinising nomination papers, says Madhusudan Mistry

Congress' Central Election Authority Chariman Madhusudan Mistry on Friday said that 14 forms were submitted by senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge, while Shashi Tharoor submitted five and KN Tripathi gave one form, while filing their nomination papers for the upcoming Congress presidential polls. "Tomorrow, we'll scrutinise forms and tomorrow evening we'll announce forms that are valid&names of candidates,"  Mistry said. (ANI)

Sept 30, 2022 - 17:05 (IST)

Congress President Election Crisis

Congress presidential candidate Shashi Tharoor's office makes correction to their manifesto 

Congress presidential candidate Shashi Tharoor's office makes correction to their manifesto for the election which earlier showed a distorted map of India. Parts of J&K, Ladakh were omitted in the earlier version.

Sept 30, 2022 - 16:46 (IST)

Congress President Election Crisis

After nomination, Tharoor calls for 'decentralization' in Congress

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who filed his nomination for the party president post on Friday, issued a manifesto explaining how he intends to rejuvenate the party through decentralisation and internal reorganisation if he wins the election.

Tharoor filed his nomination at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office in the national capital. Before that, he visited the Raj Ghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi. (ANI)

Sept 30, 2022 - 16:12 (IST)

Congress President Election Crisis

Kharge, Tharoor, Tripathi in fray for Congress Presidential poll

Mallikarjun Kharge, Shashi Tharoor and K N Tripathi are the three men in the Congress presidential race for which nominations end on Friday with the veteran Kharge from Karnataka emerging a clear favourite.

The 80-year-old Kharge, flanked by top Congress leaders, filed several sets of nomination papers with the proposers also including members from the G-23 ginger group comprising Anand Sharma, Prithviraj Chavan, Manish Tewari and Bhupinder Hooda.

Tharoor, who was also part of the G-23 group, filed five sets of nomination papers, while former Jharkhand minister Tripathi filed a single set of poll papers with Madhusudan Mistry, the chairman of the Congress's Central Election Authority.

Kharge appeared to be a clear favourite for the Congress presidential election as a galaxy of leaders were present by his side when he filed his nomination papers at the AICC headquarters here.

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Sept 30, 2022 - 16:03 (IST)

Congress President Election Crisis

Why Shashi Tharoor doesn’t stand a chance of winning against Mallikarjun Kharge in Congress race

Shashi Tharoor filed his nomination papers for the post of Congress president and will go up against veteran Mallikarjun Kharge, who has the support of the party high command. It doesn't help that the Thiruvananthapuram MP is part of the dissenting G-23 group

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Sept 30, 2022 - 15:42 (IST)

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BJP takes potshots at Kharge's candidature, says he will be 'remote-controlled', 'proxy'

The BJP on Friday took a swipe at the Congress after senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge emerged as the favourite to win the poll for party president, suggesting that he will be a "proxy" and "remote-controlled".

"Mallikarjun Kharge at 80 is an inspiring choice for the Congress. He is young, energetic and just what the Congress needed to ensure its revival. He should just pick Dr Manmohan Singh's manual on 'Living by the Remote Control' and it is all sorted," BJP IT department head Amit Malviya said in a tweet.

Shashi Tharoor continues to hang in, he added, referring to the Congress MP, who has also filed his nomination for the Congress president post.

Most senior Congress leaders, however, rally around Kharge, who is seen to have the backing of the Gandhis even though they have conveyed that they will remain neutral in the election.

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Sept 30, 2022 - 15:34 (IST)

Congress President Election Crisis

'Kharge is Congress' Bhishma Pitamah,' says Tharoor after filing nomination for party chief

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday said he will not withdraw his nomination for the party president after Mallikarjun Kharge entered the contest for the chief of the party.

"Those who would like to continue the status quo would not be inclined to vote for me because I represent change, a different approach, and a vision to take the party forward in a different way, as for some years we've been suffering setbacks," Tharoor said while addressing the media after filing his nomination at the AICC office in the national capital.

He further called Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha who also filed his nomination today as the "Bhishma Pitamah" of Congress and said he would not say anything negative about Kharge and other party leaders like Digvijaya Singh.

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Congress President Elections LIVE: After meeting party president Sonia Gandhi, Gehlot told reporters that he apologised to her for the developments on Sunday when MLAs supporting him defied the central observers and thwarted their move to hold a meeting of party legislators.

Instead, they held a parallel meet to pitch for Gehlot’s continuation or the guarantee that his bete noire Sachin Pilot does not replace him.
Gehlot, a three-time state chief minister, described himself as a disciplined soldier of the party and expressed his sadness over the turn of affairs in the state.
Asked if he will continue as chief minister, Gehlot said Gandhi will decide on the issue.

“I won’t decide that, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will decide that,” Gehlot on being asked if he will remain Rajasthan Chief Minister.

“I met Rahul Gandhi in Kochi & requested him to fight in the polls (for Congress President). When he didn’t accept, I said I’ll contest but now with that Rajasthan incident, I’ve decided not to contest the elections: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot.

“I welcome his candidacy for Congress Presidency. We both agreed that ours is not a battle b/w rivals but a friendly contest among colleagues. All we want is that whoever prevails, Cong will win!” said Tharoor.

Senior Congress leader and former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot will meet party chief Sonia Gandhi.

The meetings come days after an open rebellion by Gehlot loyalists over a possible leadership change in the state, clouding Gehlot’s chances of running for the presidency.

The party’s disciplinary committee has asked three Gehlot loyalists — Rajasthan ministers Shanti Dhariwal and Mahesh Joshi, and Dharmendra Rathore — to explain within 10 days why action should not be initiated against them. This was after observers for Rajasthan, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken, charged them with “gross indiscipline” in a report to party chief Sonia Gandhi.
Eighty-two MLAs participated in a parallel meeting at Dhariwal’s residence in Jaipur, laying down conditions for the party. They did not attend the official legislature party meeting convened for passing a resolution authorising the Congress chief to appoint a successor to Gehlot, who was to contest the Congress presidential election.
With the Rajasthan episode posing a significant challenge before the party, the Congress president has been holding discussions with senior party leaders from across the country to resolve the crisis.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot arrived at 10 Janpath to meet Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, reports ANI.

“Wait till October 4, the date of withdrawal,” he said when asked if the poll will be a trio-cornered contest or a two-cornered contest, according to ANI.

“Today I have come here to collect my nomination form (for Congress president elections) and will file it tomorrow,” says Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.

Congress leader KC Venugopal has reached interim president Sonia Gandhi’s residence 10, Janpath in New Delhi. Venugopal was sent to Delhi from Kerala by Rahul Gandhi after the political drama broke out in Rajasthan, ANI reported.

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday night left Kerala for Delhi and will visit the party office today to take the nomination papers from Central Election Authority for the election to the party president’s post.

According to reports, Singh will submit his nomination papers on 30 September as the CEA chairman is currently out of Delhi.

AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal was also in the same flight from Kerala to Delhi.

Singh and Venugopal were participating in the party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ which was currently in Kerala.

Singh is likely to hold a meeting of his supporters at night.

The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister is the latest entrant in the fray for the party chief’s election, even as the fate of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot contesting the party chief’s election is uncertain.

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