Senior Congress leader and president candidate Shashi Tharoor has questioned the open support by Rajasthan chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for rival in the polls 80 -year old Mallikarjun Kharge .
“It’s up to the Congress’ CEA chairman to take action on it. He had clearly said that no office bearers should campaign for a candidate,” Tharoor said.
“Kharge has a connection with party workers and leaders, and can hold dialogue with all opposition parties, which is needed today,” Gehlot said in a video message on his Twitter account.
मैं उम्मीद करता हूं जो भी डेलीगेट हैं वो भारी बहुमत से श्री मल्लिकार्जुन खड़गे को कामयाब करेंगे।कामयाब होने के बाद में वो हम सबका मार्गदर्शन करेंगे व कांग्रेस मजबूत होकर प्रतिपक्ष के रूप में उभर कर सामने आएगी।यह मेरी सोच है, मेरी शुभकामनाएं है खड़गे साहब भारी मतों से कामयाब हों। pic.twitter.com/OQ4Nk8zFKa
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) October 13, 2022
“I hope all delegates will help Mallikarjun Kharge succeed with a huge majority,” he said.
Another senior Congress leader Manish Tewari earlier said that the party needs a “safe pair of hands” and a “composed personality” in the form of Mallikarjun Kharge who can provide “stability” to the party as the president.
Meanwhile , Thiruvananthapuram MP said he was gladdened by the reception he has got from partymen in Madhya Pradesh and admitted he did not get this kind of welcome in some states.
Tharoor is pitted against veteran colleague Mallikarjun Kharge for the polls to the party’s highest post, scheduled for October 17.
Poll results will be declared on October 19. “I am glad at the reception I received in Madhya Pradesh. MP Congress president Kamal Nath, Leader of the Opposition Govind Singh met me, Tharoor said in Bhopal.
He was accompanied by party MLA Lakshman Singh, younger brother of Rajya Sabha MP and senior leader Digviijaya Singh.
“It is true I did not get such a welcome in other states,” said Tharoor, who is here to drum up support for his candidature against Kharge.
Out of 9000 delegates of the party, 502 from MP are expected to cast their votes in the polls on Monday.