Congress Crisis: Gehlot, Digvijaya Out, Tharoor & Kharge File Papers for Prez Polls

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Friday announced that he will not contest the party president's election and would instead propose the candidature of his senior Mallikarjun Kharge

By: News Desk

Last Updated: October 01, 2022, 00:14 IST

New Delhi, India

Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor filed nominations for party presidential polls. (Images: PTI, ANI)

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday filed his nomination for the post of Congress president at the party headquarters here. Amid sound of drumbeats and fanfare, he made an entry at the AICC headquarters. The Thiruvananthapuram MP submitted his papers to the party’s central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry at his office at the AICC headquarters. Read More

Sep 30, 2022 19:05 IST

Now, 30 Cong Leaders Propose Kharge's Name

A total of 30 Congress leaders have proposed Mallikarjun Kharge’s name for the election of the president of the Indian National Congress. ANI

Sep 30, 2022 15:15 IST

Hopeful I Win, Connected Cong Ideology Since Childhood: Kharge

“All leaders, workers, delegates & ministers who came in support of me today, encouraged me, I thank them. We’ll see what the results are, on 17th October; hopeful that I win. I have been connected to the ideology of Congress since my childhood, used to campaign for the same Gandhi, Nehru ideology when I was in classes 8th, 9th,” said Mallikarjun Kharge after filing his nomination.

Sep 30, 2022 14:53 IST

Kaun Banega Congress ka Boss? Shashi Tharoor vs Mallikarjun Kharge

Shashi Tharoor

What works for him: One of the party’s most articulate leaders. High appeal among the youth of India.

What goes against him: Not seen as a mass leader who can galvanise cadre. No appeal in Hindi belt. Which has almost 50% of voters

Sep 30, 2022 14:45 IST

Kaun Banega Congress ka Boss? Shashi Tharoor vs Mallikarjun Kharge

Mallikarjun Kharge

What works for him: Veteran leader who knows ins and outs of the party. Served as UPA minister, leading Congress in parliament since 2014.

What works against him: Lacks pan India appeal, namely in the Hindi belt. At ​80 years old, unlikely to provide necessary boost.

Sep 30, 2022 14:29 IST

10 Congress Leaders Including Anand Sharma, Mukul Wasnik Back Kharge's Nomination

Sep 30, 2022 14:27 IST

Tharoor Welcomes Kharge's Nomination, Says Many Needed for Party's Benefit

“Kharge’s nomination is welcomed. Many candidates are needed for the party’s benefit… I won’t pull out of Congress President Election as I won’t let down workers from around the country who’ve gone out of their ways to extend their support to me,” Tharoor said after filing nomination.

Sep 30, 2022 14:04 IST

Kharge Files Nomination for Cong President Poll

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday filed his nomination for the post of party president. His candidature was proposed by party leaders Ashok Gehlot, Digvijaya Singh, Pramod Tiwari, PL Punia, AK Antony, Pawan Kumar Bansal and Mukul Wasnik. G23 leaders Anand Sharma and Manish Tewari are also proposers for Kharge’s candidature.

Sep 30, 2022 13:46 IST

Sachin Pilot Supporters Raise Slogans Outside AICC

Sep 30, 2022 13:32 IST

Congress President Poll: All Senior Leaders Decided to Support Kharge's Candidature, Says Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said all senior leaders had decided to back veteran Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge’s candidature for the party chief’s election. Gehlot, who declared on Thursday that he would not contest the election, also announced his support for Kharge after meeting the senior leader at his 10, Rajaji Marg residence here. “All senior leaders have together decided on Kharge’s candidature,” Gehlot told reporters outside Kharge’s residence. Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor will be Kharge’s challenger.

Sep 30, 2022 13:20 IST

Cong MP Deepender Hooda Welcomes Kharge's Nomination

“I welcome Mallikarjun Kharge’s nomination for Congress president post, confident that he will elected. Over the years, he has raised the voice of the people in Parliament. I’ve signed his nomination papers as a propose,” Congress MP Deepender S Hooda said.

Sep 30, 2022 13:18 IST

Congress Prez Poll: Jharkhand Congress Leader KN Tripathi Files Nomination

Former Jharkhand minister K N Tripathi on Friday submitted his nomination papers for the Congress president election. Tripathi handed over the nomination papers to Madhusudan Mistry, chairman of the Congress’ Central Election Authority, at the AICC headquarters here.

Sep 30, 2022 13:17 IST

Shashi Tharoor Files Nomination for Congress Presidential Polls

Sep 30, 2022 12:57 IST

Drum Beats Outside AICC Office as Shashi Tharoor About to File Nomination

Sep 30, 2022 12:21 IST

Gehlot Proposer to Kharge

Ashok Gehlot, a day after withdrawing from presidential poll race after chaos in Congress’ Rajasthan unit, said he will do whatever responsibility high command gives and position is not important for him. He also said he will be proposer to Mallikarjun Kharge.

Sep 30, 2022 12:10 IST

My Vote for Kharge, Says Kamal Nath

“Mallikarjun Kharge is the good candidate and will be giving representation to the South. My vote would go to Mr Kharge,” said Kamal Nath, Congress’ Madhya Pradesh unit chief.

Sep 30, 2022 11:57 IST

Won't Contest Against Kharge, Will be His Proposer

In an interesting turn of events, Digvijaya Singh has dropped out of Congress presidential election as Mallikarjun Kharge is set to file his nomination papers. “I have told Kharge if you are filing nomination I will not fight the elections,” he said. “Kharge Ji is my senior. I went to his residence y’day & told him that I won’t file my nomination if he’s filing (for Congress President). He said that he won’t be filing. Afterwards, I got to know via press that he is a candidate,” he said.

Sep 30, 2022 11:46 IST

Digvijaya Singh Confirms He Won't Contest Congress Prez Poll

Sep 30, 2022 11:29 IST

Congress Presidential Poll: P L Punia Says Party Will Support Kharge

Congress Party General Secretary PL Punia, after meeting Digvijay Singh at his residence, told the party will support Mallikarjun Kharge. “Mallikarjun Kharge is a very senior leader, has been an MP for 9 times, he is also a Dalit leader, so we are his supporters,” he said.

Sep 30, 2022 11:22 IST

Mallikarjun Kharge Expected to Reach AICC Office at 12.30

Sep 30, 2022 11:20 IST

Pramod Tiwari, P L Punia Leave Digvijay's Residence

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Friday announced that he will not contest the party president’s election and would instead propose the candidature of his senior Mallikarjun Kharge. He said he has worked for the Congress all his life and will continue to do so. Singh had expressed his inclination to contest the top party post and had collected 10 sets of nomination papers on Thursday after Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot opted out of the race.

Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge will file his nomination for the party presidential polls after meeting interim president Sonia Gandhi on Friday, the last day of filing nomination papers for the post. Earlier in the day, Congress’ Digvijaya Singh met Kharge at the latter’s residence after Kharge emerged as the top choice of Gandhis for the party presidential polls.

Late Thursday night, the G-23 leaders, including Manish Tewari, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Prithviraj Chavan met at Anand Sharma’s residence but did not divulge details of the meeting.

Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Thursday night met Sonia Gandhi and discussed the crisis in the party’s Rajasthan unit, and later said the Congress chief would take “positive decisions” with regard to the state. Pilot, who spent around an hour at Gandhi’s residence where Congress general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal was also present, said he conveyed his sentiments and gave his feedback to the party president.

Pilot’s meeting with Gandhi comes days after an open rebellion by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s loyalists over a possible leadership change in the state. “I met Congress president Sonia Gandhi. She listened to me calmly. The events in Rajasthan were discussed in detail,” Pilot said after the meeting.

Pilot met Gandhi hours after his bete noire Ashok Gehlot met her in the afternoon, following which the Rajasthan chief minister announced that he will opt out of the Congress president’s race. Gehlot also said the decision on whether he would remain CM would be taken by party chief Sonia Gandhi.

Speaking with reporters outside Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence, Pilot said, “I have conveyed my sentiments, given my feedback to Sonia Gandhi. We all want to win the 2023 assembly elections for which we will have to work together. Our objective is that we ensure the Congress’ win in Rajasthan and other states.”

“I am confident that in the next 12-13 months we will once again form a Congress government through our hard work,” the former Rajasthan deputy chief minister said. He said that it has been his priority to ensure that the Congress bucks the trend of one term to it and the next to the BJP.

“I am fully confident that by hard work we can form a Congress government again. How our government is repeated is our collective priority and objective. We have discussed our strategy for that in detail with AICC leaders and the Congress president,” he said. Earlier in the day, Venugopal said Gandhi will decide on the Rajasthan chief minister’s post within a day or two.

The Congress also warned of strict disciplinary action against its leaders in Rajasthan for making public statements on the party’s internal matters and against other functionaries. In an advisory, Venugopal said all Congress leaders at any level should refrain from making public statements against other leaders or about the party’s internal matters.

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