What Shashi Tharoor Said After Losing Congress President Polls

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Shashi Tharoor with newly-elected Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge

New Delhi:

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge was elected as the new Congress President today. Reacting to the poll result, senior leader Shashi Tharoor, the defeated candidate, tweeted: “It is a great honour & a huge responsibility to be President of @INCIndia &I wish @Kharge ji all success in that task. It was a privilege to have received the support of over a thousand colleagues,& to carry the hopes& aspirations of so many well-wishers of Congress across India.”

While Mr Kharge received 7,897 votes, Mr Tharoor polled 1,072 votes.

Soon after the poll results were declared, Mr Tharoor called on Mr Kharge at his residence to congratulate him. He later tweeted: “Called on our new President-elect Mallikarjun Kharge to congratulate him and offer him my full cooperation.”

Congratulating Mr Kharge, Mr Tharoor said: “Would like to convey my warm congratulations to him for his victory in Congress poll.” Mr Kharge is the first non-Gandhi Congress chief in 24 years.

He further said: “We owe an irredeemable debt to outgoing president Sonia Gandhi for leadership and for being the anchor during the most crucial moments.”

Mr Tharoor said: “My thanks to Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for doing their own bit to support free and neutral Congress president election.”

Commenting on his journey as a member of the Congress party, Mr Tharoor further said: “The Nehru-Gandhi family has held, and will always hold, a special place in the hearts of Congress party members.”

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