NEW DELHI: Mallikarjun Kharge it was supposedly elected new Wednesday Congress president after defeating rival Shashi Tharoor with an avalanche of votes in the party’s internal elections, bringing the curtain down on Sonia Gandhi’s extended term and giving the party its first non-Gandhi leader in 24 years.
Kharge is the third Dalit leader of Congress after D Sanjivaiah (1962) and Jagjivan Ram in (December 1969).


After about five hours of counting the ballots, the president of the AICC electoral authority Madhusudan Mistry announced that Kharge received 7,897 (84%) of a total of 9,385 votes, against 1,072 of Tharoor. After the ballot, 416 votes were declared invalid.
Kharge’s task: an excellent balance
In his first remarks after becoming president-elect of Congress, Mallikarjun Kharge highlighted “the sacrifice of Sonia Gandhi who for 23 years fed the party” and “the initiative of Rahul Gandhi” who is trying to create a popular movement. against bigotry – thus reaffirming the primacy of the Gandhi family even if it shuns formal authority.


For the affable octogenarian, who takes office in Congress at its most critical moment, the most difficult challenge is the experiment of installing a non-Gandhi president after a 24-year hiatus.
It is more of a fork of authority, with the political leadership represented by the Gandhis while the AICC executive is led by Kharge.
Forced by Rahul Gandhi’s insistence against everyone’s wishes, uncharted territory rests on Kharge with the responsibility of evolving a system that balances twin arms without turbulence. Given the narrative he has had to endure, and meticulously rejected, ahead of the presidential election, the quintessential loyalist knows that he would be susceptible to the charge of “remote control”.
Personally, Rahul tried to make things easier by telling the media on Wednesday that his political role will be decided by Kharge, to whom all party workers will now report.
Kharge told reporters that Rahul had called to congratulate him, though the senior leader expressed his happiness that Rahul took the time to call from his busy yatra schedule.
A seamless inner workings will be a must for Kharge to assert authority over cadres, which will help him carry out his likely core mandate of coordination and management, an important task in the wake of Congressional political marginalization. after 2014, the rampant bias and a continuous exodus from the ranks of the party.
Speaking to the media, Kharge, who will take office on October 26, has tried to reach out to workers with a plea for unity.
“No one is small or big and we must all work as karyakartas to strengthen the organization,” he said. He lashed out at the government of the BJP and Prime Minister Modi, saying: “We must fight together the threat to democracy and the Constitution. We must fight the fascist forces … which are attacking democracy and the people of the country ”.

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