In the upcoming presidential election of the grand old party, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said on Saturday that his race against senior party member Mallikarjun Kharge “is not a war.” Following days of turmoil surrounding the intra-party struggle in Rajasthan, Tharoor and Kharge finally submitted their nominations for the important elections, which are set for October 17, on Friday.
This isn’t a battle. We may be a part of several schools of thinking. Let the members make the decision, Tharoor said in an interview with the news agency ANI on Saturday. “All I’m asking the members to do is vote for Kharge Sahab if you’re happy with how the party is run. But pick me if you want a change. if you like a different style of celebration.
His remarks came as news spread that the Gandhis were supporting the 80-year-old Kharge for the top party position. Kharge resigned from his role as Rajya Sabha’s opposition leader on Saturday. a day after more than 30 leaders backed his candidature – which came as a surprise on the last day of nomination. On the contrast, Shashi Tharoor was not accompanied by so many senior leaders.
“However, there is no ideological issue at hand. Shashi Tharoor dismissed any disagreements on Saturday, stating that the Congress’ message will stay as it has been.
Even though the Gandhis made it clear they would no longer be running for president, their management has continued to draw criticism. Regarding the importance of the family for the party in light of the BJP’s allegations of dynastic politics, Tharoor stated: “The Congress has been playing a significant role since the times of (Pt. Jawaharlal) Nehru. The Gandhi family is significant because of this. No party leader would be so dumb as to say farewell to the Gandhis.
The Congress is set to contest its next chief on October 17, and the results will be out two days later. Among the many challenges facing the new president would be the upcoming state polls and the 2024 national elections.