Mallikarjun Kharge to be new Congress President

Kharge will assume charge of the party and replace interim president Sonia Gandhi.

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Congress Leader and Rajya Sabha MP, Mallikarjun Kharge won the post of the Congress president as he bags over 7000 votes against his rival Shashi Tharoor who managed to garner just over 100.

The election to decide the new Congress chief was held on Monday 17 October.

Kharge will assume charge of the party and replace interim president Sonia Gandhi.

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This is the first time in 24 years that Congress will have a non-Gandhi president.

The 80-year-old is tasked with bringing the party to its former glory and becoming a strong opposition force against the incumbent BJP.

“It is a great honour & a huge responsibility to be President of Congress and I wish Khargeji all success in that task. It was a privilege to have received the support of over a thousand colleagues,& to carry the hopes& aspirations of so many well-wishers of Congress across India.” Shashi Tharoor tweeted, wishing his rival on winning the party president election.