SENIOR Congress leader and former Union minister Mallikarjun Kharge was declared the winner of the Congress presidential election on Wednesday, becoming the first non-Gandhi party chief in 24 years. Kharge got a record 7,897 votes while his rival Shashi Tharoor got 1,072 votes. Meanwhile, 416 votes were rejected when the votes were counted.
Although the counting of votes has ended, the official results have not yet been released. Party workers started celebrating outside the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in Delhi after Kharge’s victory was announced.
— ANI (@ANI)
October 19, 2022
Of the total 9,915 Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) delegates who formed the electoral college to choose the party chief in a secret ballot, more than 9,500 cast their votes at the PCC offices and the AICC headquarters on Monday.
Kharge’s rival in the presidential polls, Shashi Tharoor, congratulated the new party chief and said the party’s revival had begun.
“It is a great honor and a huge responsibility for me to be the President of the Indian National Congress. India and I wish Mallikarjun Kharge ji all the best in this task. It was an honor to get the support of more than a thousand colleagues and carry the hopes.” and aspirations of so many Congress supporters across India,” Shashi Tharoor said in a tweet after the announcement.
Being president is a great honor and a huge responsibility for me @INCIndia &I wish @Kharge I wish you all the best in this endeavor. It has been a privilege to have the support of over a thousand colleagues and carry the hopes and aspirations of so many Congress supporters across India. pic.twitter.com/NistXfQGN1
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor)
October 19, 2022
According to Congress sources, the President-elect will take charge after Diwali in the presence of senior leaders at a program at the Congress headquarters.