Indian National Congress (INC) president Elections 2022 Updates: The nomination form of former Jharkhand minister K N Tripathi was rejected as signatures of some of the proposers did not match. With Tripathi out of the race, the poll now is a direct fight between Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor.
With Kharge’s resignation as the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, a day after he filed his nomination papers for the AICC president’s election, senior leaders P Chidambaram, Digvijaya Singh and Pramod Tiwari are learnt to be the front-runners to take on the mantle, according to sources. Kharge’s resignation, which the 80-year-old leader sent to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, is in line with the party’s declared ‘One person, One post’ principle that was announced at the Udaipur ‘Chintan Shivir’ in May.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor started his campaign for the party president’s election by visiting the Deekshabhoomi monument in Nagpur on Saturday, news agency PTI reported. Tharoor paid his tributes at Deekshabhoomi, where Dr B R Ambedkar converted to Buddhism along with his followers in 1956, on Saturday, said Maharashtra Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh. Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who filed his nomination for the post of party president on Friday, said he was fighting for a big change in the party. He also appealed to all delegates to vote for him.