Highlights: Shashi Tharoor Files Nomination For Congress Chief Post

Shashi Tharoor submitted his papers to the party's central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry at his office at the AICC headquarters.

Highlights: Shashi Tharoor Files Nomination For Congress Chief Post
New Delhi:

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.

Here are the Highlights on Congress Presidential Polls:

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Sep 30, 2022 16:24 (IST)
"Not The Candidate Of G-23": Shashi Tharoor Clarifies

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
Sep 30, 2022 16:22 (IST)
Shashi Tharoor On Gandhis' Support
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.
Sep 30, 2022 16:21 (IST)
"Will Change High Command Culture": Shashi Tharoor After Filing Nomination
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.
Sep 30, 2022 16:17 (IST)
Gandhis Show Old Habits Die Hard
A day after announcing that he will run for Congress President, Digvijaya Singh today announced that he's dropping out. That decision is based on Mallikarjun Kharge being put forward as the candidate backed by the Gandhis.

"Kharge ji is my leader and my senior. I asked him yesterday if he wanted to contest. He said no. I met him again today. I told him I am with you fully if you are contesting. I can't think of contesting against him. He is filing his nomination and I will be his proposer," said Digvijaya Singh, 75.
Sep 30, 2022 14:54 (IST)
Manish Tewari Extends Support To Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress leader Manish Tewari, who is a part of the G-23 grouping, on Friday extended support to Mallikarjun Kharge in the party's presidential polls against his primary challenger Shashi Tharoor.

"Mallikarjun Kharge is a senior leader of the Congress party. I and Anand Sharma have come to support his nomination here," said Mr Tewari, as quoted by news agency ANI, after reaching the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office in the national capital.

Both Mr Tewari and Mr Tharoor belong to the G-23 grouping of senior leaders within the party. Reports had suggested Tewari was himself thinking of contesting.

"We have come in support of his (Kharge's) nomination. Shashi Tharoor was, is and will be our friend. Those who have spent their entire lives in Congress are here. Digvijaya Singh has shown grace and withdrawn his candidature. It would be good if there is a consensus," Mr Tewari added.

Sep 30, 2022 14:42 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 14:35 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 14:31 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 14:31 (IST)
Mallikarjun Kharge Files Nomination

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday filed his nomination for the post of party president.

His candidature was proposed by party leaders Ashok Gehlot, Digvijaya Singh,  Pramod Tiwari, PL Punia, AK Antony, Pawan Kumar Bansal and Mukul Wasnik. 

G23 leaders Anand Sharma and Manish Tewari are also proposers for Mr Kharge's candidature.

Sep 30, 2022 14:17 (IST)
Sachin Pilot's Supporters Raise Slogans Outside Congress Office As Ashok Gehlot Arrives

Amid a protracted crisis in the Congress, the supporters of Sachin Pilot gathered at the AICC office in the national capital Friday and demanded that he be elected as the party president or be made the chief minister of Rajasthan.

As soon as Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot arrived at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office, the supporters began raising slogans in favour of Mr Pilot.

"We want to see Sachin Pilot as the chief minister of Rajasthan or as the national president of Congress," said a supporter of Mr Pilot, as quoted by news agency ANI.

"Rahul Gandhi is also young; the future of India is in the hands of the youth. Till the youth is not given a top post, Congress will not get power. Pilot knows about problems at the ground level and what the party workers go through. We demand he be made the party president," he added, as quoted by news agency ANI.
Sep 30, 2022 14:15 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 14:12 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 13:54 (IST)
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Sep 30, 2022 13:48 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 13:42 (IST)
Shashi Tharoor To NDTV: Gandhis Are "A Part Of Congress' DNA" But...

Shashi Tharoor, one of the two candidates for the October 17 Congress president election, revealed today that Sonia Gandhi told him "you are most welcome to contest" and that there would be no "official candidate" as her family would stay neutral.

Mr Tharoor said when he met with Sonia Gandhi to inform her about wanting to contest, she didn't try to dissuade him at all.

"If she might have said why do you want to contest, we always do things by consensus, leave it to us, we will find the right person...But there was nothing of that sort. On the contrary, she said exactly the opposite. She said 'we believe the elections are good for the party. If you want to contest, you are most welcome'," Mr Tharoor told NDTV.
Sep 30, 2022 13:34 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 12:49 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 12:48 (IST)
Shashi Tharoor To NDTV On Greatest Strength, Weakness Of PM Narendra Modi

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's oratory skill as "impressive".
Sep 30, 2022 12:34 (IST)
"Will obey High Command" : Ashok Ghlot tells NDTV he will follow party's orders on all matters including remaining Chief Minister of Rajasthan
Ashok Ghlot tells NDTV he will follow party's orders on all matters including remaining Chief Minister of Rajasthan
Sep 30, 2022 12:11 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 12:10 (IST)
"Time To Close Ranks": Manish Tewari, G-23 Member, Says Won't Contest

Manish Tewari, senior Congress leader and part of the 'G-23' group of dissenters, today bowed out from the contest for the President of the grand old party following speculation that he would be the second candidate from the camp after Shashi Tharoor to throw their hat in the ring. 

Speaking to NDTV, he said he doesn't want to become the 'fall guy'. 

He also tweeted his decision to opt out. Given recent "unfortunate events", it's time to close ranks and strengthen the party, he said on Twitter, suggesting there would be no more additions from the G-23 to the already chaotic contest.

"Leadership, Ideological clarity, narrative & transparent access to resources are pillars of 'A' political party
Sep 30, 2022 11:50 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 11:44 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 11:41 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 11:41 (IST)
Digvijaya Singh Informs Party Leadership He Is Out Of Race

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said on Friday that he has informed the party's poll body that he will not be filing his nomination for the party president post.

Sep 30, 2022 11:11 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 10:50 (IST)
Congress President Polls: Mallikarjun Kharge Is Congress' "Official" Choice, Digvijaya Singh Reportedly Opts Out

Mallikarjun Kharge is the latest to join the contest for Congress president as an "official" choice of the Gandhis as veteran leader Digvijaya Singh backed out of the race, said sources.
Sep 30, 2022 10:36 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 10:27 (IST)
Digvijaya Singh Not To File Nomination

Digvijaya Singh drops out of race for Congress President, minutes after meeting Mallikarjun Kharge, party's "official' choice: sources
Sep 30, 2022 09:33 (IST)
Sep 30, 2022 09:29 (IST)
Digvijaya Singh At Mallikarjun Kharge's Residence

Digvijaya Singh, Congress president contender, visits Mallikarjun Kharge who has joined contest as party's "official" choice
Sep 30, 2022 08:52 (IST)
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Has Active Role In Congress Internal Polls: Sources

The Congress election to choose a new president is the first in more than 20 years where no one from the Gandhi family is in the running. But apparently, they have not been entirely hands-off. 

Sources say Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, contrary to public perception, is taking an active interest in the election.

Rahul Gandhi, who stepped down from the top post after the party's crushing defeat in two consecutive general elections, has refused to contest, making the election necessary. Sources said he was also insistent that his mother and sister stay away from the party polls.
Sep 30, 2022 08:49 (IST)
Congress President Polls : Mallikarjun Kharge joins Congress contest, to file nomination papers today: sources
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.