Reported By:| Edited By: DNA Net Team of workers |Supply: DNA Net Desk |Updated: Oct 19, 2022, 12:55 PM IST
The Congress is jam to glean its first non-Gandhi president in over 24 years currently as extra than 9,500 votes solid to gain from senior celebration leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor are counted to cap the election contest, the sixth in its 137-one year-outdated faculty ancient previous.
Kharge, who’s declared to be the unofficial respectable candidate of the celebration, is considered as a company approved in opposition to Tharoor, one who had known as out for foremost organisational changes within the celebration. Whereas Gandhis discover time and yet again reiterated that the polls will be “free and comely”, Kharge seemingly has a determined backing of the celebration excessive repeat.
The sealed pollboxes will be opened sooner than the candidates’ agents and the pollpapers will be blended time and yet again.
Congress central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry has expressed satisfaction with the celebration’s presidential polls course of, announcing it modified into “free, comely and transparent”. He has moreover acknowledged it modified into a secret polland no one would glean to know who voted for whom.
Of the total 9,915 Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) delegates that fashioned the electoral college to settle the celebration chief in a secret ballot, over 9,500 solid their pollat PCC offices and the AICC headquarters, Mistry acknowledged at a press conference after the polling ended on Monday.
The Congress has claimed that its interior democracy has no parallel in some other celebration and it’s the most traditional one to discover a central election authority for organisational polls.
It’s the sixth time in Congress’ almost 137-one year-outdated faculty ancient previous that an electoral contest is deciding who would soak up the mantle of the celebration’s president as successor to Sonia Gandhi.
It modified into capability lend a hand in 1939, when an electoral contest determined who may well be the Congress president, and Mahatma Gandhi’s candidate P Sitaramayya had misplaced to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
Then in 1950 came the Congress’ first put up-Independence election for the put up of celebration president when Purshottam Das Tandon and Acharya Kripalani faced off. Surprisingly, Tandon, considered as a Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel loyalist, won the competition, trumping the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s decision.
In 1977, following the resignation of Dev Kant Barooah as celebration president within the wake of the defeat within the Lok Sabha polls, K Brahmananda Reddy defeated Siddhartha Shankar Ray and Karan Singh within the celebration’s polls for AICC chief.
The subsequent election that needed a contest came Two decades later in 1997 when Sitaram Kesri squared off in a triangular contest with Sharad Pawar and Rajesh Pilot. Apart from for Maharashtra and system of Uttar Pradesh, all train Congress units had backed Kesri. He posted a landslide victory, getting 6,224 delegates’ votes in opposition to Pawar’s 882 and Pilot’s 354.
The fifth contest came in 2000 and this modified into the most traditional time a Gandhi household member modified into challenged within the elections with Jitendra Prasada taking over Sonia Gandhi. Prasada suffered a crushing defeat by the hands of Gandhi, who garnered over 7,400 votes. Prasada had reportedly polled a paltry 94 votes.
The contemporary polls are ancient as the new president would replace Sonia Gandhi, the longest-serving celebration president who has been on the helm since 1998, barring the 2 years between 2017 and 2019 when Rahul Gandhi had taken over.
The Nehru-Gandhi household has been on the helm of the celebration for approximately 40 years since Independence. The five relatives to address the mantle of the Congress president included Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
Electors within the Monday’s Congress presidential polls had been requested to put a tick keep in opposition to their candidate within the pollpaper after Tharoor’s personnel took up with the celebration’s top poll body the converse of its earlier directive that voters write “1” to repeat their preference. This, the personnel acknowledged, may well perchance lead to confusion.
The political journeys of the 2 dramatis personae within the Congress presidential elections discover been disparate.
Kharge is a grassroots flesh presser and hardcore loyalist of the Gandhi household, whereas Tharoor, a social media pioneer and continuously outspoken, joined the Congress simplest in 2009 after a protracted stint on the United Nations.
Forward of the polling, Kharge had acknowledged he would haven’t got any shame in taking the advice and toughen of the Gandhi household in running the celebration affairs, if he turns into its president.
Tharoor, on his phase, took a veiled dig at some senior leaders supporting Kharge, announcing that some colleagues were “indulging in ‘netagiri’ and telling celebration staff that they know who Sonia Gandhi needs elected”.
(With PTI inputs)