G-23 leaders, Rajasthan Chief Minister Gehlot become proposers for Kharge
Almost all the G-23 leaders were present at the Congress headquarters at the time of Kharge’s filing of nomination signaling an end of the stalemate since 2020
NEW DELHI: The G-23 leaders are the main proposers for Mallikarjun Kharge along with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for the Congress presidential poll.
In the set of nominations, the names of proposers include, Anand Sharma, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Prithviraj Chavan, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Mukul Wasnik and Manish Tewari, who were in the G-23. Others who signed the nomination papers include Ashok Gehlot, who opted out of the race on Thursday after meeting Sonia Gandhi.
Almost all the G-23 leaders were present at the Congress headquarters at the time of Kharge's filing of nomination signaling an end of the stalemate since 2020 when the group wrote a letter demanding elections in the party. The group, however, has not come in support of Shashi Tharoor who was part of it.
Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor on Friday filed their nominations for the October 17 party president polls, while Digvijaya Singh opted out of the race. Friday was the last date of filing nominations.
Speaking to the media, Digvijaya Singh said, "Kharge is our senior and I have told him that I will be your proposer and my commitment is towards the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi family."
Shashi Tharoor after filing his nomination said that he will not pull out of the race and he has his own vision for the party which he will share with all delegates.
Tharoor said that he has submitted nomination papers of five sets and the sixth set will be filed by 3 p.m. "The papers I have submitted reflect extraordinarily wide range of support extended voluntarily to me by party workers across India from Kashmir to Nagaland."
He said he has his own vision for the Congress and will be sending that to all the delegates. Giving clean chit to Gandhis, he said that they are neutral. It is a friendly contest. And the contenders are colleagues and not enemies. "Kharge is a terrific leader. I have mine own ideas," Tharoor said.
"I don't want to say anything negative against Kharge. I have a different approach. We are having setbacks for a couple of years in elections," he added. He said the Congress should bring a change in the country which is suffering from the inflation and unemployment. (IANS)