The race for the Congress president’s publish is on as senior Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor and Mallikarjun Kharge each filed their nomination papers on the AICC headquarters on Friday with the Karnataka social gathering loyalist rising as a transparent favorite. Former Jharkhand minister, Ok N Tripathi has additionally joined the fray, submitting his nomination on Friday as nicely.
The 80-year-old Kharge, flanked by high Congress leaders, filed 14 units of nomination papers with the proposers together with Ashok Gehlot, Digvijaya Singh, A Ok Antony, Ambika Soni, Mukul Wasnik and members from the G-23 ginger group comprising Anand Sharma, Bhupinder Hooda, Prithviraj Chavan and Manish Tewari, whereas Tharoor, who was additionally a part of the G-23 group, filed 5 units of nomination papers. Former Jharkhand minister Tripathi filed a single set of ballot papers with Madhusudan Mistry, the chairman of the Congress’s Central Election Authority.
Mistry on Friday informed ANI that they’d acquired three kinds and would scrutinise them on Saturday and announce kinds which can be legitimate and names of the candidates on Saturday night. “None of those 3 is an official candidate of the social gathering. They’re contesting on their very own. Congress president has made it very clear that she’ll keep impartial all through the method & if somebody claims he has her blessings, it’s incorrect,” he added.
In the meantime Digvijaya Singh beat a retreat after saying his candidature and Ashok Gehlot pulled out of the race after realising it might value him Rajasthan chief ministership.
As a number of senior leaders rallied behind the him, the Karnataka minister, often known as a celebration loyalist who has by no means crossed the ‘laxman rekha’ has emerged as a transparent favorite. Kharge, a Dalit chief and the son of a mill employee from the once-extremely backward Gulbarga, is a self-made man.
Individuals who have seen him since his first win within the 1972 Meeting elections, say he may rise within the social gathering hierarchy solely due to loyalty, persistence, huge administrative expertise and his skill to know any scenario. Additionally they reveal that his loyalty in the direction of the Gandhi household is non-negotiable.
A complete of 30 Congress leaders have proposed Mallikarjun Kharge’s title for the election.
Former Jharkhand Minister KN Tripathi additionally joined the race, submitting his papers on Friday. Talking to CNN-News18, Tripathi mentioned that everyone needed Rahul Gandhi to be the social gathering chief, however he was agency on his determination of not submitting his nomination. “I noticed many leaders shopping for the nomination papers, so I additionally determined to fill my nomination kind. We have been the primary to file it.” Whereas he’s thought of a light-weight by many, he mentioned “I have to not take into consideration anybody else, however the Congress excessive command. I’ll respect no matter determination the social gathering takes. Our leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have mentioned each Congress employee can contest for this high publish. They’ve sacrificed the posts of Prime Minister and social gathering president.”
With inputs from News18, Businesses