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Tharoor or Kharge, all eyes on October 19 as voting for Congress President ends

Congress president election 2022: The voting process that began at 10 am saw more than 9,000 Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) delegates exercising their right to vote.

Edited By: Vani Mehrotra @vani_mehrotra New Delhi Updated on: October 17, 2022 16:38 IST
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Congress president election 2022: Voting to elect the next president of the Congress party came to end at 4 pm on Monday. The voting process that began at 10 am saw more than 9,000 Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) delegates exercising their right to vote. The counting of votes set is set to take place on October 19. This time the face-off is between senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor. With the Gandhis not running for the top post, the grand old party is all set to get a non-Gandhi president after over 25 years.

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  • 4:26 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Voting for the Congress presidential elections ends

  • 3:54 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Chhattisgarh CM Baghel, state Cong chief cast vote for AICC presidential polls

    Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and state Congress head Mohan Markam were among the party leaders who cast their votes on Monday for electing the next president of the All India Congress Committee (AICC).

  • 3:17 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Gujarat: 250 delegates cast vote in presidential polls

    Around 250 Congress delegates out of the total 407 in Gujarat have so far voted for the polls underway on Monday to elect the next All India Congress Committee (AICC) president, a party spokesperson said.

  • 3:14 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Delegates involved in 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' vote for the post of Congress President

  • 1:51 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Whoever wins will get full support: Sachin Pilot

    "Congress party has set an example for the country by conducting open, democratic and transparent elections. I believe whoever wins this election will get full support from all members of the party," says Rajasthan Congress MLA Sachin Pilot

  • 1:49 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Congress only party that can be an opposition to BJP: Francisco Sardinha

    "I want Rahul Gandhi to stop the Bharat Jodo Yatra and go to Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat to awaken the public so that they vote for the only party that can defeat BJP. The only party that can be an opposition to BJP is Congress," says Former Goa CM and Congress MP Francisco Sardinha.

  • 1:48 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Party leadership will remain: Salman Khurshid

    "Party leadership will remain. The new party president will decide how to take forward and implement the leadership's vision," says Congress leader Salman Khurshid at the AICC office in Delhi.

  • 1:17 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole casts his vote

  • 12:12 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel cast his vote

  • 12:11 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Congress MP Rahul Gandhi casts his vote

  • 12:00 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh casts his vote

  • 11:32 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    I have been waiting for a long time for this thing: Sonia Gandhi

  • 11:20 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra cast their vote - VIDEO

  • 11:14 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi at the AICC headquarters

    Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi cast their votes for new party chief, at the AICC headquarters 

    India Tv - Congress president election

    Image Source : INDIA TV Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi at the AICC headquarters

     

  • 11:05 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Sonia, Priyanka Gandhi case their vote

  • 11:00 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Mallikarjun Kharge casts his vote in Bengaluru

  • 10:59 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    The country will benefit from this: DK Shivakumar

    "It is a historic day for the Congress party. 490 people voting here today; polling going on in a transparent way. The country will benefit from this," says Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar

  • 10:59 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Message of internal harmony in the party: Ashok Gehlot

    "Today is a historic day, the election for Congress president is taking place today after 22 years. This election gives the message of internal harmony in the party. My relation with Gandhi family will be same even after 19 Oct (day of the counting of votes)," says Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot

  • 10:34 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Sonia Gandhi likely to cast vote around 11 am

    Rahul Gandhi will cast his vote in Ballari during Bharat Jodo Yatra. 

    Party's interim president Sonia Gandhi is expected to cast her vote around 11 am

  • 10:33 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    P Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh, other party leaders cast vote

  • 10:23 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Polls are free, fair and transparent: Jairam Ramesh

    "It is a historic occasion, Congress is the only political party that holds elections for the post of president," said Jairam Ramesh after casting his vote.

    "The polls are free, fair and transparent," he added.

  • 10:16 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    I'm confident: Shashi Tharoor

    Congress presidential candidate Shashi Tharoor today in Kerala said, "I'm confident. The fate of the Congress party is in the hands of party workers. The odds have been stacked against us as the party leaders and establishment were overwhelmingly with the other candidate."

    "I believe the revival of Congress has begun. Today I spoke to Mr. Kharge and said whatever has happened, we remain colleagues and friends," Shashi Tharoor said. 

  • 10:13 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Who will vote where?

    • The 75 delegates including interim chief Sonia Gandhi, General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other members of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and senior leaders will cast their vote at the headquarters of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in New Delhi
    • Apart from these, 280 other delegates will also cast their vote in the Delhi Congress office
    • About 40 delegates involved in the Bharat Jodo Yatra, including Rahul Gandhi, will be casting their vote in the camp itself as the meeting room container in the Bharat Jodo Yatra (which is observing its 'rest day' today) was converted into a polling booth for the party members to elect their new president
    • A polling station is being set up at the Sanganakallu campsite in Bellary
    • The two contestants -- Shashi Tharoor and Mallikarjun Kharge will cast their votes in their respective state's headquarters Trivendram and Bengaluru
  • 10:06 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Voting begins

    The voting to elect a new Congress chief has begun. 

    Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor are in the fray.

  • 9:53 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Central Election Authority chairman conducts final checks

  • 9:44 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Voting to begin at 10 am; preparations in place

  • 9:43 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Polling booth at the Bharat Jodo Yatra

  • 9:42 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Visuals from Lucknow

  • 9:42 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Visuals from Shashi Tharoor's residence in Kerala

  • 9:42 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Visuals from AICC Headquarters, Delhi

  • 9:40 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Electors will put a tick mark against their choice

    Electors in the Congress presidential polls have been asked to put a tick mark against the name of their choice on the ballot paper after AICC president candidate Shashi Tharoor's team took up with the party's top poll body the issue of its earlier directive that voters write "1" to reflect their preference, citing that it may lead to confusion.

    "The voters are instructed to put a tick mark in the box in front of the candidate whom they wish to vote for. Putting any other symbol or writing a number would make the vote invalid," the directive from Mistry's office said.

  • 9:40 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Is Sonia Gandhi supporting Kharge?

    Speaking in Bengaluru, Kharge said he would have no shame in taking the advice and support of the Gandhi family in running the party affairs, in case he becomes its president, as they have struggled and put their strength for its growth.

    The veteran leader said he is the "delegates' candidate" in these polls.

    Meanwhile, Tharoor took a veiled dig at some senior leaders supporting Kharge, saying some colleagues were "indulging in 'netagiri' and telling party workers" that they know whom Sonia Gandhi wants elected.

    If anyone has "fear or doubt" in their mind, the party has made it clear that it will be a secret ballot, he said in Lucknow and urged the Congress delegates to listen to their hearts while voting to elect the new party president.

  • 9:39 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Shashi Tharoor vs Mallikarjun Kharge

    Kharge is considered the firm favourite for his perceived proximity to the Gandhis and backing by senior leaders, even as Tharoor has pitched himself as the candidate of change.

    During the campaign, even though Tharoor raised issues of an uneven playing field, both candidates and the party have maintained that the Gandhis are neutral and that there is no "official candidate".

    Kharge and Tharoor made fervent appeals on the last day of the campaign with the former being in Bengaluru and the latter in Lucknow as part of the campaign to woo delegates.

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