Newly elected Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge took charge of the post on Wednesday at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in Delhi.
Kharge received the certificate from Congress’s central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry at the AICC headquarters in Delhi.
Former party president Sonia Gandhi, MP Rahul Gandhi and party’s General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were present at the program.
On October 19, Kharge became the first non-Gandhi Congress president in 24 years after defeating Shashi Tharoor by a huge margin in the race to the party’s top post.
Congratulated our new Congress President, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge ji and wished him the very best as he takes on this huge responsibility towards the Congress party and the people of India. pic.twitter.com/anzPqnkXbu
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 26, 2022
Congress’s central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry announced Kharge’s name after the counting of votes and said that of the total 9,385 votes polled in the Congress president poll, Kharge got 7,897 votes and Tharoor received 1,072 votes. The rest of the 416 votes were declared invalid.
In his first address after being elected the Congress president, Kharge thanked outgoing party chief Sonia Gandhi on behalf of all party workers. He had said that she “sacrificed many years of her life for the grand old party”.
Kharge also congratulated his opponent Shashi Tharoor. “I want to congratulate my partner Shashi Tharoor as well. I met him and discussed how to take the party forward,” he said.
जब कांग्रेस कार्यकर्ता अपने अंदर के डर को निकाल देगा तो बड़े से बड़ा साम्राज्य भी घुटने टेक देगा।
— Congress (@INCIndia) October 26, 2022