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All major Congress leaders will endorse M Kharge for the top job: Ashok Gehlot

All major Congress leaders will endorse M Kharge for the top job: Ashok Gehlot

Ashok Gehlot has announced his support for Mallikarjun Kharge for the post of head of Congress.

New Delhi:

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Friday that all major leaders had decided to back veteran Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge’s candidacy for the party chief election.

Gehlot, who declared on Thursday that he would not run in the elections, also announced his support for Kharge after meeting the senior leader at his 10th residence, Rajaji Marg in Delhi.

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“All the main leaders decided together on Kharge’s candidacy,” Gehlot told reporters outside Kharge’s residence.

Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor will be Kharge’s challenger.

Asked if he had offered to step down as Rajasthan’s prime minister, Gehlot evaded a direct answer.

“I have held various positions over the last 50 years with the blessings of the Gandhi family. Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi have showered their blessings on me. For me, it is not the position that matters, but what matters is how to strengthen the match. I will do my best to achieve it,” he said.

Gehlot called on everyone to support Kharge in rebuilding the party after the presidential elections. “Even Shashi Tharoor had said that it is a friendly match and that after the elections the Congress will be the winner,” he said.

Gehlot said that Kharge was an experienced leader and had won elections 10 to 12 times.

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“He has experience at both the state and national levels. I support the decision for him to participate,” Gehlot added.

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