Congress chief Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday defended Rahul Gandhi for referring to veteran chief Mallikarjun Kharge as the brand new Congress president even earlier than the results of the social gathering election was introduced. The course of voting was fairly clear when Mr Gandhi made the remark on the press meet, Mr Ramesh mentioned, criticising “faulty media stories” over Mr Gandhi’s remark.
There have been faulty media stories that Rahul Gandhi introduced Kharge-ji as Congress President throughout his press meet that started at Adoni at round 1pm. The very fact is that the course of voting was fairly clear earlier than the press meet started.
– Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) October 19, 2022
“The brand new president will resolve what my function can be. Ask Kharge ji and Sonia ji,” Rahul Gandhi mentioned to a query on his function within the social gathering.
Rahul Gandhi, who led the social gathering’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ into Andhra Pradesh, made the feedback throughout a press meet round 1.30 pm, at a time when the counting was on. Outcomes weren’t declared till round 2 pm.
“I am unable to touch upon the Congress president’s function, that is for Mr Kharge to touch upon,” Rahul Gandhi mentioned about what the brand new president will do whereas he stays the face of the social gathering. “I’m very clear so far as my function is anxious. The president will resolve what my function is and the way I’m to be deployed… that it’s important to ask Kharge ji and Sonia ji.”
“The ultimate authority within the Congress social gathering is the Congress president. And we can have a brand new Congress president. And that gentleman will resolve precisely how the social gathering strikes ahead,” he added.
A staunch Gandhi household loyalist, Mallikarjun Kharge, 80, was extensively seen as a frontrunner even earlier than votes had been forged on October 17 for the Congress to get its first non-Gandhi chief in over 20 years. Mr Kharge was reported to have the help of senior leaders within the social gathering, together with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who was the primary selection for the Gandhis.
Mr Kharge’s rival Shashi Tharoor had complained about “bias” and “uneven enjoying area” within the run-up to the elections. The Congress MP from Kerala had alleged “extraordinarily severe irregularities” as votes had been counted in Uttar Pradesh and demanded that votes within the state be cancelled. “We didn’t contest this election to just accept enterprise as common,” mentioned staff Tharoor.
Mallikarjun Kharge was declared the winner of the election. The whole counted votes had been 9,385, of which Mr Kharge acquired 7,897 votes and Mr Tharoor polled 1,072 votes, chairman of the social gathering’s Central Election Committee (CEC) Madhusudan Mistry mentioned. That is for the primary time in 24 years that Congress has received a chief who doesn’t belong to the Nehru-Gandhi household.