After about 24 years, a leader from outside the Gandhi family was elected the president of the country’s oldest party. Mallikarjun Kharge is the new President of Congress. He became the president of the 137-year-old party at the age of 80.
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has been elected as the new national president of the party. Today, after 24 years, a leader from outside the Gandhi family was elected the president of the country’s oldest party. Mallikarjun Kharge was successful in beating Shashi Tharoor. After being elected Congress President, senior leader Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met Kharge and congratulated him on the victory and Shashi Tharoor also congratulated him on the victory. Prior to this, Sitaram Kesari was the non-Gandhi president. Voting for the post of Congress President was held on 17 October. This time the contest was between senior party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor.
A total of 9,385 votes were cast for the Congress President’s election, out of which 416 votes were declared invalid. Mallikarjun Kharge got 7,897 votes out of 8,969 valid votes, while Shashi Tharoor got the remaining 1,072 votes. , The final verdict was in favor of Kharge, after his victory in the Congress elections, there was an influx of people congratulating him heartily. On this occasion, Shashi Tharoor said, ‘Becoming the President of Congress is a matter of great honor, great responsibility, I congratulate Mallikarjun Kharge for his success in this election.
Earlier, in the 137-year history of the Congress party, elections were held for the post of president for the sixth time. According to party general secretary Jairam Ramesh, elections for the post of president have been held in 1939, 1950, 1977, 1997 and 2000. This time after 22 years, the election for the post of President has been held.
At the same time, Rahul Gandhi has congratulated Mallikarjun Kharge. When Rahul Gandhi was asked a question related to his role in the party, he said, “The Congress President will decide my role… Ask Kharge ji. Congress President is supreme. I will report to the Speaker only. The new president of the party will decide my role in the party.