Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Saturday mentioned he was advised by the Gandhi household that there isn’t any “official” candidate within the social gathering president’s election and they’ll keep impartial.
The Thiruvananthapuram MP additionally hinted that he won’t withdraw from the ballot race, saying he can not betray his supporters.
Mr Tharoor launched his marketing campaign for the social gathering president’s election by visiting the Deekshabhoomi monument the place B R Ambedkar embraced Buddhism together with his followers on October 14, 1956.
Mr Tharoor and social gathering veteran Mallikarjun Kharge are within the fray for the election, scheduled on October 17 within the occasion of none of them withdrawing.
“I had met with all three (Sonia, Rahul, and Priyanka) from the Gandhi household. They repeatedly advised me there isn’t any official candidate within the social gathering president’s election and there will likely be no such candidate. They need a great and honest election. The Gandhi household will likely be impartial and the social gathering equipment neutral. They need a great election and the social gathering to be strengthened. I haven’t got any doubts when the social gathering president assured me,” he advised reporters.
He was responding to a question on whether or not Kharge is the selection of the Gandhi household and their favorite candidate.
“It’s the election between colleagues. There isn’t any enmity or struggle. It’s a pleasant contest. We’re interesting for assist by placing forth our resolutions,” the Congress chief mentioned.
Queried on whether or not the election will likely be unopposed, Tharoor mentioned, “My query is how can I betray so many individuals who’ve proven confidence in me and supported me. I will not go away them”. Tharoor mentioned folks could choose him as an underdog and assume it is going to be a tough contest for him, however asserted that he by no means ran away from difficulties.
“I used to be requested by widespread social gathering employees to contest. The widespread employees of Congress desire a change within the social gathering and I need to develop into their voice and in addition the voice of youth Congress,” Tharoor mentioned, including that he’s assured of his prospects within the election and there are folks within the social gathering who assist him.
Based on a notification issued by the social gathering on Thursday, the method for submitting nominations for the election was from September 24 to 30.
Mr Tharoor had filed nominations on Friday, the final day of the method.
The withdrawal of nominations is allowed until October 8 and the ultimate listing of candidates will likely be out at 5 pm on the identical day.
The polling, if wanted, will likely be held on October 17. The counting of votes will likely be taken up on October 19 and the outcomes will likely be declared the identical day.
When requested concerning the nature of modifications required within the Congress social gathering, Tharoor listed decentralisation (of energy), empowering the decrease ranks as much as mandal, zilla and state degree and empowering the widespread employees.
He was part of the Congress’s G-23 group that demanded an organisational overhaul and elections in any respect ranges of the social gathering.
Throughout his Nagpur go to, Tharoor launched the primary copy of his newly-published e-book “Ambedkar: A Life”.
On Sunday, Tharoor will go to Mahatma Gandhi’s Sewagram Ashram at Wardha at 9 am and later go to Vinoba Bhave’s Ashram in Pavnar. He’ll return to Nagpur by 12.45 pm and maintain conferences with senior Congress leaders, the social gathering’s state unit members and employees.
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