Congress President Election LIVE: Rahul Gandhi Terms Karnataka Government 'Most Corrupt', BJP Retaliates

Congress President Election LIVE Updates: Thiruvananthapuram Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who is all geared up for his party President election, will campaign for his candidature in his own constituency on Tuesday.

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Last Updated: October 04, 2022, 14:16 IST

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Congress President Election LIVE Updates: Karnataka BJP on Tuesday retaliated to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s remark during the Karnataka leg of Bharat Jodo Yatra, when he termed the state government as “most corrupt”. BJP hit back saying, “The Modi government has banned anti-social organizations including the Jihadi Janata who have been trying to create internal terror in the country under the guise Read More

Oct 04, 2022 14:16 IST

Never Expected Big Leaders' Support, but Need Everyone's Backing: Shashi Tharoor

With campaigning for the Congress presidential poll kicking off, party leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said he never expected big leaders to support him and does not expect it even now, but at the same time he needs everyone’s backing. The statement by Tharoor, who arrived in Kerala as part of the poll campaigning, comes in the wake of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president K Sudhakaran publicly declaring his support for veteran leader Mallikarjun Kharge for the party chief’s post, reported PTI.

Oct 04, 2022 12:21 IST

UP Congress Members Say Recent Rejig 'Rushed' Due to Upcoming President Poll

Many among the UP Congress rank and file feel that the selection of Brijlal Khabri as UP Congress chief and appointment of six other regional heads in the state unit, was “rushed through” with the October 17 AICC presidential election in mind as the rejigged UPCC is now set to select the state party delegates who would vote in the election.

Oct 04, 2022 12:17 IST

Growing Resentment Among Many Party Members Over Brijlal Khabri's Appointment as UP Congress Chief

The Congress appointed Dalit leader Brijlal Khabri as its Uttar Pradesh unit chief to revive its fortunes in the politically crucial state. However, growing resentment can be seen among several state unit party members as many of the new appointments are not originally from the party. They have raised the question why Congress leadership did not entrust the long-standing cadre with the task of reviving the party through these leadership positions, an Indian Express report said.

Oct 04, 2022 11:58 IST

Rahul Gandhi Terms Karnataka Government 'Most Corrupt', BJP Retaliates

Karnataka BJP on Tuesday retaliated to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s remark during the Karnataka leg of Bharat Jodo Yatra, when he termed the state government as “most corrupt”. BJP hit back saying, “The Modi government has banned anti-social organizations including the Jihadi Janata who have been trying to create internal terror in the country under the guise of fellow countrymen.” Slamming the Congress party, BJP said it is the backbone of violent activities and it only has cooperation where a “Jihadi” mentality is in place.

Oct 04, 2022 11:02 IST

Shahnawaz Hussain Reacts to Rahul Gandhi's Comment on Karnataka BJP

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain reacted to Rahul Gandhi’s attack on the Karnataka government, and said, “Congress party was known for commission, they are alleging that the Karnataka government is not patriotic and corrupt. We do not want any patriotism certificate from Congress party. The party that questions surgical strike, air strike and takes the side of China, that same party if gives a patriotism certificate to BJP and says that BJP is not the guardians of the religion.”

Oct 04, 2022 09:55 IST

Rahul Gandhi Attacks Karnataka BJP, Calls it 'India's Most Corrupt Government'

Continuing his tirade against the BJP, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that Karnataka has the most corrupt government in the country. “Corruption has gone beyond limits and there is no solution to people’s problems,” he said. Speaking at the public meeting near Pandavapura bus stand, he said, “People have to pay bribes to get work done. The government has earned the tag as a “40 per cent commission government”. Farmers, labourers and small businessmen too are not spared. There is no hope even after a contractor wrote to the prime minister about corruption,” he said on Monday during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Oct 04, 2022 09:45 IST

BJP Calls Congress and Siddaramaiah 'Tippu Admirers and Hindu Haters'; Shares Video

At a time when Congress party’s Bharat Jodo Yatra is underway in the Mysuru region, the BJP has put out a video calling the Congress and Siddaramaiah ‘Tippu admirers and Hindu Haters’. The video also refers to the mosque in Srirangapatna which was allegedly built over a temple.

Oct 04, 2022 09:40 IST

BJP Asks Rahul Gandhi to Clarify Involvement of Naxals, Maoists in Bharat Jodo Yatra

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who is leading party’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, was attacked by BJP Lahar Singh Siroya on Monday who asked Rahul to clarify whether there was the involvement of “Naxals, Maoists and their sympathisers” in the country-wide march currently in its Karnataka leg, reported ANI.

Oct 04, 2022 09:00 IST

'Will Be Back Soon to Fight and Win': Bharat Jodo Yatra on Two-Day Rest Starting Today

The Congress Party on Tuesday extended wishes on the occassion of Navami and said that Bharat Jodo Yatra, much like Dussehra, is a fight of good versus evil.

Oct 04, 2022 08:55 IST

News18 Spends a Day Walking With Rahul Gandhi During Bharat Jodo Yatra

The day begins at 5am. After a quick morning routine, which includes physiotherapy for his strained knees, Rahul is one of the first yatris to assemble and participate in the daily flag hoisting ceremony at 6am. Punctual and determined, Rahul prepares to embark on the first leg of the day’s walkathon.  READ MORE

Oct 04, 2022 08:53 IST

Congress a Diminishing Force in Assam With No Bailout in Sight

Just 10 years ago, it was almost impossible for any hardcore BJP supporter to think of Assam as a saffron party-dominated state. In the 2011 Assembly election, Congress was riding high with 78 seats in the 126-member assembly while the BJP was languishing at single digit with only five seats in their bag. However, today, the map of Assam politics has changed drastically. READ MORE

Oct 04, 2022 08:30 IST

Mallikarjun Kharge Set to Join Sonia Gandhi on Bharat Jodo Yatra

Congress President poll candidate Mallikarjun Kharge will also join party interim president Sonia Gandhi during the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Karnataka. He will meet Sonia Gandhi during her two-day stay in Bandipur, a TOI report said on Tuesday.

Oct 04, 2022 08:25 IST

Sonia Gandhi to Join Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka Leg of Bharat Jodo Yatra

AICC interim president Sonia Gandhi will join son Rahul Gandhi in party’s Karnataka leg of Bharat Jodo Yatra. She arrived in Mysuru on Monday and will take part in the padayatra when it resumes after a two-day break on October 6. Priyanka Gandhi is scheduled to land in Karnataka on Thursday and will participate in the yatra too.

Oct 04, 2022 08:11 IST

'Farewell Hyderabad': Shashi Tharoor Leaves Hyderabad After Campaigning For His Candidature

Oct 04, 2022 08:09 IST

Shashi Tharoor Rules Out Any Ideological Difference With Mallikarjun Kharge

Shashi Tharoor, who is standing against fellow Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, ruled out any ideological difference with him on Monday. “Let me make clear that I agree with Kharge ji that all of us in the Congress wish to take on the BJP rather than each other. There is no ideological difference between us,” Tharoor tweeted.

Oct 04, 2022 08:07 IST

Congress President Polls to Take Place on October 17

The polling for the Congress presidential election will be held on October 17. The counting of votes will be taken up on October 19 and the results will be declared the same day. More than 9,000 Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) delegates will vote in the poll.

Oct 04, 2022 08:06 IST

Shashi Tharoor to Campaign for Congress President Election Candidature in Thiruvananthapuram Today

Thiruvananthapuram Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who is all geared up for his party President election, will campaign for his candidature in his own constituency on Tuesday. The development comes a day after he campaigned for the October 17 poll in Telangana’s Hyderabad and thanked to the state Congress unit for hosting him.

of fellow countrymen.” Slamming the Congress party, BJP said it is the backbone of violent activities and it only has cooperation where a “Jihadi” mentality is in place.

Thiruvananthapuram Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who is all geared up for his party President election, will campaign for his candidature in his own constituency on Tuesday. The development comes a day after he campaigned for the October 17 poll in Telangana’s Hyderabad and thanked to the state Congress unit for hosting him. Tharoor, who is standing against fellow Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, ruled out any ideological difference with him on Monday.

“Let me make clear that I agree with Kharge ji that all of us in the Congress wish to take on the BJP rather than each other. There is no ideological difference between us,” Tharoor tweeted. “I believe we need a reinvented, reimagined Congress to take on the BJP. That’s why I have continued with my candidacy in this election,” he told reporters while in Hyderabad. Tharoor said he would not withdraw from the contest despite his respect for Kharge as that would amount to betrayal of many colleagues who urged him to contest, a PTI report said.

However, no member of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee received Shashi Tharoor as he landed in Hyderabad on Monday, a Hindustan Times report said. However, Tharoor said he was delighted to receive the endorsement of Telangana Congress working president Mohammed Azharuddin.? “…Azhar joins me in wanting change & reform in our party so as to better equip us to take on the BJP,” he tweeted. He said that irrespective of who emerges victorious, it would be the biggest victory for the Congress party.

Tharoor also called the G-23 Group a “media creation”. He said only 23 people were available to affix their signatures, backing them due to the Covid induced lockdown. “That’s why 23 signed. It could have been 100. It could have been less, it could have been more. These were the people who were available to sign,” he told the media on Monday.

Tharoor also said there is no need to debate because they both agree on the party’s fundamental commitment to the ideas of India and the ideals enshrined in the Constitution, he said. To a question on the Gandhi family being neutral vis-a-vis the presidential election, he said they welcome a free and fair election and that they would stay neutral.

Reacting to a possibility of a Dalit leader (Kharge) becoming Congress president, he said he sees Kharge as a very great leader well beyond any question of caste identity. He said he would reach out to the voting delegates across the country once their phone numbers are available on Wednesday.

The polling for the Congress presidential election is scheduled to be held on October 17. The counting of votes would be taken up on October 19 and the results are expected the same day.

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