Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday filed his nomination for the post of Congress president at the party headquarters in New Delhi.
The Thiruvananthapuram MP submitted his papers to the party's central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry at his office at the AICC headquarters.
Amid the sound of drumbeats and fanfare, he made an entry at the AICC headquarters.
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Shashi Tharoor asserted that he is not the G-23 candidate for the election, the party's first in over 20 years. "I need the backing of 9,100 people, not 23. I am not the candidate of the G-23. It is a myth, there is no such thing," he said
Shashi Tharoor said he has met all the three Gandhis and that they have assured him that the contest will strengthen the party. Outlining his vision, he said he aims to rejuvenate the party, reimagine the leadership, reiterate the core ideology, broaden participation, focus on youth, and return to an ethos of politics of social work.
The answer to chaos within the Congress is decentralisation, Shashi Tharoor said right after filing his nomination today for Party President today. Speaking to reporters, he explained his vision for the Congress as head of the party. "I will change the party high command culture," he said.
Identifying the practice of "constantly referring things up to Delhi" as a problem, he said the party cannot have someone passing resolutions in one sentence saying that the Congress President will decide.
#CongressPresidentPolls | "He is the Bhishma Pitamah of our party in some ways. But there is no disrespect in saying I have my own ideas to put forward, which may not be his ideas...let the party workers decide how to proceed": @ShashiTharoor on contesting Mallikarjun Kharge pic.twitter.com/vXdzVXLIIW- NDTV (@ndtv) September 30, 2022
#CongressPresidentPolls | "I will not let down the workers from around the country who've gone out of their ways to extend their support to me": Senior Congress leader @ShashiTharoor when asked whether he would withdraw from the elections and Mallikarjun Kharge's nomination pic.twitter.com/yrcGY3Y9fJ- NDTV (@ndtv) September 30, 2022
#CongressPresidentPolls | "Today, the nomination papers I have submitted reflect the extraordinarily wide range of support that has been extended voluntarily to me by our party workers across the country": Senior Congress leader @ShashiTharoorpic.twitter.com/txd4INzR4V- NDTV (@ndtv) September 30, 2022
I have just submitted my nomination papers as a candidate for the presidential election of @incindia. It is a privilege to serve the only party in India with an open democratic process to choose its leader. Greatly appreciate Soniaji's guidance&vision.#ThinkTomorrowThinkTharoorpic.twitter.com/4HM4Xq3XIO- Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 30, 2022
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Paid tribute to the man who built India's bridge to the 21st century this morning.- Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 30, 2022
"India is an Old country but a young nation... I dream of India Strong, Independent, Self-Reliant and in the front rank of the nations of the world, in the service of mankind."
~ Rajiv Gandhi pic.twitter.com/DQtWU3aDdr
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor reaches Raj Ghat in Delhi, ahead of filing his nomination for the post of Congress President at noon today- ANI (@ANI) September 30, 2022
He says, "When you enter a race, you know that the outcome is uncertain but you go with confidence that you'll give a good account of yourself." pic.twitter.com/bqRSOExEjV
Mallikarjun Kharge is the latest to join the contest for Congress president as the likely "official" candidate backed by the party's high command, said sources.