In a one-sided election for the Congress party president’s position, Mallikarjun Kharge has been elected as the new party chief after receiving 7897 votes as compared to Shashi Tharoor, who only received close to 1000 votes.
Kharge secured more votes than Sonia Gandhi did in 2000. Congress MP Rahul Gandhi congratulated Kharge on being elected as the new president of the Congress party.
“Congratulations to Mallikarjun Kharge ji on being elected as the President of @INCIndia. The Congress President represents a democratic vision of India. His vast experience and ideological commitment will serve the party well as he takes on this historic responsibility,” said Rahul Gandhi in a congratulatory tweet.
Outgoing Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party’s General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also congratulated Mallikarjun Kharge on his win. Sonia Gandhi also met with Mallikarjun’s wife, Radhabai Kharge, at his residence.
In a press conference to be held later, Mallikarjun Kharge will likely talk about his roadmap for the party.
Congress leader Sachin Pilot also congratulated Kharge on the result. “Mallikarjun Kharge won with a huge majority; a win of democracy. I congratulated him. I have faith that his experience will benefit the party. Nine thousand elected people elected the President. This was never done before by any party. Opposition must be nervous today.”
Madhusudan Mistry, Congress Central Election Authority chairman, said during a presser, “I hereby declare Mallikarjun Kharge as the elected President of Congress. The total counted votes were 9,385, of which Mallikarjun Kharge received 7,897 votes and Dr. Shashi Tharoor received 1,072 votes. Invalid votes – 416.”
Former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan also extended his wishes to the newly elected Congress president. “I hope Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge will use his electoral and administrative experience in strengthening the party and take it to new heights. I am confident that he will renew the consultative process that existed in the party earlier.”