Congress President Polls: No G-23, It Was Media's Idea, Says Tharoor; Gehlot ‘Will Continue to Serve Rajasthan’

Meanwhile, Shashi Tharoor said that he had no ideological differences with election rival Kharge and that the goal was to take on BJP

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Last Updated: October 03, 2022, 23:06 IST

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Shashi Tharoor on Monday said that there “never was” a G23 group, and that it was all the media’s idea, adding that there were only 23 people available to sign the form due to the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who bowed out of the election race on Friday following a political crisis in the state, said that he “will continue to serve Rajasthan” no matter where he is, while Read More

Oct 03, 2022 15:01 IST

Shashi Tharoor Wants to be ‘Voice of Youths’, Says New Congress President Won't be A 'Rubber Stamp'

Shashi Tharoor, who is one of the contenders in the Congress presidential poll race, on Saturday said he wants to be the “voice of the youths” of the country and said he does not think that the new party chief will be a “rubber stamp”. The Lok Sabha MP from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram also said that he was engaged in a “friendly” contest with senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge for the top post. READ MORE

Oct 03, 2022 14:42 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 03, 2022 14:31 IST

Congress President Sonia Gandhi to Join Bharat Jodo Yatra on October 6: Jairam Ramesh

In the last three days, Bharat Jodo Yatra in BJP-ruled Karnataka has gathered a lot of support. This shows that it’s a historic yatra &people want to join it. Congress president Sonia Gandhi will join this yatra in Mandya on Oct 6: Congress General Secretary in-charge Communications Jairam Ramesh

Oct 03, 2022 14:16 IST

'Welcome This Announcement': Tharoor on INC's Election Guidelines

Oct 03, 2022 14:00 IST

Congress is Only Party with System of Electing President, Says Jairam Ramesh

Congress leader and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday said that his party is the only one in the country which has a system for electing its President. Talking to media persons on the sidelines of Bharat Jodo Yatra, he said that the Congress’ greatest contribution to Indian politics has been consensus, and “when that is not made possible, we have an election”.

Oct 03, 2022 13:27 IST

Will Continue to Serve Rajasthan: Gehlot

Hinting yet again that he will remain the Chief Minister of the state, Ashok Gehlot in a press conference said that he will serve Rajasthan no matter where he is. “I said this before also. Wherever I am, I will continue to serve Rajasthan.”

Oct 03, 2022 13:09 IST

Focus on Making Rajasthan Investment-friendly: Gehlot

At a press conference regarding the ‘Invest Rajasthan Summit 2022’, Rajasthan CM and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said that the government was focused on making the state investment-friendly. The summit will be held on 7-8 October 2022.

Oct 03, 2022 13:01 IST

RECAP | Pilot Will Fly The Coop, Has Only 18 MLAs, And Lumpen, Arrogant Supporters: What Gehlot Wrote for Sonia

Sachin Pilot will leave the Congress and is the first party president of a state who tried to topple his own government — this is what Ashok Gehlot had scribbled on a handwritten note he carried to Sonia Gandhi on Thursday. He also wrote in it that Pilot had only 18 MLAs by his side.

The note was captured by a photographer of Malayala Manorama as Gehlot was entering 10 Janpath, in which he addressed Sachin Pilot as “SP”. It also had a reference to “Manesar”, where 18 MLAs of the Pilot camp had moved in 2020 after rebelling, posing a threat to the Gehlot government. The note used terms like “gunda-gardi, vindictive and arrogant” for the young leader’s supporters. READ MORE

Oct 03, 2022 12:55 IST

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot Starts Press Conference at His Residence

Gehlot starts his address regarding ‘Invest Rajasthan Summit 2022’ at his residence.

Oct 03, 2022 12:37 IST

Resigned as Head of Professionals' Congress Last Month: Tharoor

Announcing that he had resigned from the post in keeping with the ‘one man one post’ rule, Shashi Tharoor on Monday tweeted, “For those asking: I have already submitted my letter of resignation as head of @ProfCong to the Congress President last month.”

Oct 03, 2022 12:24 IST

We've Lost 2 Elections, Need a Renewed, Reinvigorated Congress Party: Tharoor

“This election is about how Congress should be best equipped to take on the ruling govt today, which is BJP. We’ve lost 2 elections…We need a renewed, reinvigorated Congress party where it is mobilized effectively to take on this challenge,” Shashi Tharoor said on Monday as quoted by ANI.

Oct 03, 2022 12:12 IST

There is no G23 Group, It Was All the Media's Idea: Tharoor

Oct 03, 2022 12:02 IST

A History of Congress Presidential Polls: How the Dynasty Came to Dominate the Grand Old Party

Other than one of the two surviving Congress state governments falling in trouble due to this election, there are two important reasons this election is being watched closely.

First, although inapplicable in 2022, this election has shaped India’s political destiny for almost a 100 years. And second, this election is a test to the centrality of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty within the party, arguably the party’s quintessential characteristic.

The centrality of this dynasty, which became a feature of Indian politics and government for decades, also has its origins in the election for the Indian National Congress president. To better understand what is at stake and how this election shaped India’s destiny, especially with regards to the dynasty, it is important to walk down memory lane. READ MORE

Oct 03, 2022 11:53 IST

RECAP | Gehlot Hints at Continuing as Rajasthan CM, Asks Public to Send Him Suggestions on Budget

The veteran Congressman on Saturday asked the people to send suggestions about the next budget directly to him, hinting that he was there to stay. He also declared that he cannot remain away from the people of Rajasthan “till his last breath” and that the Congress government will complete its five years.

Gehlot’s remarks came days after he announced that he will not contest the Congress presidential polls as he took moral responsibility for the political crisis in his state, and said the decision on whether he would remain the chief minister would be taken by the party chief. The controversy erupted last Sunday after MLAs loyal to him submitted resignation letters over a possible move to appoint Sachin Pilot as the next chief minister and held a meeting parallel to the one convened by the Congress Legislature Party.

Oct 03, 2022 11:49 IST

All in Congress Wish to Take on BJP, Not Each Other: Tharoor

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday said all in the party wish to take on the BJP rather than each other. The Thiruvananthapuram MP who is set for an electoral face-off with Congress veteran Mallikarjun Kharge for the party president’s post, said the two have no ideological difference.

“Let me make clear that I agree with @kharge ji that all of us in @incIndia wish to take on the BJP rather than each other. There is no ideological difference between us. The choice for our voting colleagues Oct 17 is only on how to do it most effectively,” Tharoor said in a tweet. His remarks came a day after Kharge said he told Tharoor that it would be better to have a consensus candidate but the Lok Sabha MP insisted on a contest for the “sake of democracy”.

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. (PTI)

Oct 03, 2022 11:46 IST

Sonia Gandhi Will Join Bharat Jodo Yatra on Oct 6: Jairam Ramesh

Speaking at press conference, Congress General Secretary in-charge Communications Jairam Ramesh said Sonia Gandhi would join Bharat Jodo Yatra on 6th October in Mandya, Karnataka after the party takes a break on 4th and 5th October for Dussehra.

Oct 03, 2022 11:30 IST

Gehlot to Hold Press Conference at Noon

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, who bowed out of the Congress presidential elections to retain his post as CM following the ‘one man one post’ rule, will hold a press conference at 12:30 pm today, as per sources.

Oct 03, 2022 11:30 IST

Gehlot to Hold Press Conference at Noon

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, who bowed out of the Congress presidential elections to retain his post as CM following the ‘one man one post’ rule, will hold a press conference at 12:30 pm today, as per sources.

Oct 03, 2022 11:28 IST

'Wonderful to Be Received So Warmly in Hyderabad': Shashi Tharoor

Sharing photos of his campaign visit to the city, Tharoor wrote on Twitter, “Wonderful to be received so warmly in Hyderabad for a brief visit. The enthusiasm of ordinary karyakartas has inspired me greatly as we move forward!”

'Wonderful to Be Received So Warmly in Hyderabad': Shashi Tharoor
'Wonderful to Be Received So Warmly in Hyderabad': Shashi Tharoor

Photos via Twitter / @ShashiTharoor

Oct 03, 2022 11:09 IST

'Leaders Like Kharge Can’t Bring Change', Says Shashi Tharoor

Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge, who were among the top three leaders of the Congress, cannot bring the required change in the party needed to rejuvenate it. “We aren’t enemies, it’s not war. It’s a poll for our party’s future. Kharge ji comes in the top three leaders of the Congress. Leaders like him can’t bring in change and will continue the existing system. I’ll bring in change as per expectations of party workers,” Tharoor was quoted as saying in Nagpur by ANI.

answering a question at a press conference on Monday, regarding the ‘Invest Rajasthan Summit 2022’.

Mallikarjun Kharge gears up to start his campaign for the presidential elections today, as interim president Sonia Gandhi will join the Bharat Jodo Yatra on October 6. Meanwhile, Shashi Tharoor, in a tweet, shared that he had no ideological differences with Kharge. “All of us in @incIndia wish to take on the BJP rather than each other. There is no ideological difference between us. The choice for our voting colleagues Oct 17 is only on how to do it most effectively,” he said.

Senior leaders Shashi Tharoor and Mallikarjun Kharge are gearing up to face-off in the Congress presidential elections, and the Thiruvananthapuram MP has said that he is open to a public debate with the veteran leader. To Tharoor’s remarks, Kharge, however, said the two were from the same family and there was no point of holding such a debate. “I don’t want to get into that, I only know how to work, give me an opportunity to do that,” he said, adding they don’t have to fight each other as their struggle is against the BJP. While Tharoor has already begun his campaign, Kharge started today. He will be travelling along with Sonia Gandhi who is set to join the Bharat Jodo Yatra on October 6.

Kharge has emerged as a front-runner with several leaders backing him. Congress leaders Deepender Hooda, Syed Naseer Hussain and Gourav Vallabh on Sunday resigned as party spokespersons to campaign for Kharge. He also has the apparent backing of the party’s top two – interim chief Sonia Gandhi and the party’s face Rahul Gandhi – for the October 17 election. He had to enter the contest after the Gandhis’ first choice, Ashok Gehlot, dropped out to retain his post as Rajasthan CM.

Tharoor meanwhile, built upon his argument that, in the race for the Congress chiefship, it is only he who can be an agent of change. About his rival, veteran Mallikarjun Kharge, the 66-year-old former diplomat was rather direct. “Kharge ji comes in the top three leaders of the party. Leaders like him can’t bring in change and will continue the existing system. I’ll bring in change as per the expectations of party workers,” he was quoted as saying in Nagpur by ANI.

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