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Official congressional choice? Mallikarjun Kharge makes a last minute entry

Mallikarjun Kharge will present his nomination for the congressional elections today, the sources said. (Proceedings)

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New Delhi:
Mallikarjun Kharge is the latest to join the race for the Congress presidency as a candidate endorsed by the party’s top brass and will step down as opposition leader in Rajya Sabha under the ‘one person, one post’ rule, the media said. sources.

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  1. Kharge, the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, will table his nomination for the Oct. 17 elections today as the third candidate along with Digvijaya Singh and Shashi Tharoor, the sources said.

  2. Tharoor and Singh are also expected to present their nominations today, the last day of applications for the election that appears headed for a three-way contest. The deadline for submitting applications for the contest is at 3:00 p.m.

  3. Congress veteran KC Venugopal, a key aide to the Gandhis, last night conveyed to Mr Kharge the high command’s decision to join the race despite the Gandhis saying they would remain neutral, the sources said.

  4. Kharge will step down as leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha in accordance with the “one person, one post” rule decided by the party earlier this year, the sources said.

  5. The same rule applied to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who opted out of the race after meeting with Sonia Gandhi yesterday. He told reporters that he will not run in the election taking “moral responsibility” for the public rebellion of his loyalists and that he has apologized to Mrs Gandhi.

  6. Meanwhile, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, a key member of the “G-23” splinter group that sent a bombshell letter to Ms. Gandhi in 2020 about organizational changes in the party, endorsed Mr. Kharge, the sources said. .

  7. Another congressional leader, Ajay Maken, was also considered for the contest until last night, as a section of congressional leaders insisted on a younger leader for the job, the sources said. Mukul Wasnik, one of the leaders of the “G-23”, could also be part of the race, they said.

  8. Mr. Gehlot was seen as the Gandhi’s first choice for the top job until his chances were damaged by the rebellion of his loyalists who said they would not accept Sachin Pilot, who had rebelled against him in 2020, as his replacement as Chief Minister. .

  9. Meanwhile, Congress has issued a warning to Gehlot loyalists in Rajasthan, who are already accused of indiscipline. Venugopal said strong action will be taken over remarks on “internal affairs and against other leaders” of the party.

  10. This is the first election for president of Congress in 20 years. Members of the Gandhi family have refused to compete to make way for other high-level leaders to lead the party.

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