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Mallikarjun Kharge elected as new Congress president

First Published: 19th October, 2022 15:13 IST

Kharge won the Congress presidential election with 7,897 votes whereas Shashi Tharoor got about 1000 votes; 415 were rejected.

Mallikarjun Kharge is set to be the new Congress president after a landslide win in the party’s first election in more than 20 years.

According to reports, Kharge will take charge after Diwali in the presence of senior leaders in a program at the Congress headquarters.

Kharge won the Congress presidential election with 7,897 votes whereas Shashi Tharoor got about 1000 votes; 415 were rejected.

Meanwhile, Shashi Tharoor alleged “extremely serious irregularities” in the election process. Salman Soz, representing Mr Tharoor’s team, later said they had been “assured of a fair inquiry” had agreed that counting should continue.

The counting of votes, which began at 10 am at the Congress headquarters in Delhi, ended around 1 pm.

The election comes three years after Sonia Gandhi agreed to temporarily lead the party when Rahul Gandhi stepped down, taking responsibility for the two consecutive routs of the party in the 2014 and 2019 general elections.

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