Mallikarjun Kharge has won the elections for the post of Congress Party President. He defeated Shashi Tharoor by a huge margin. Out of 9.385 votes polled, Kharge got 7,897 votes while Tharoor managed to get just 1,072 votes.
Congress leaders have termed the victory of Kharge as a proud moment for Karnataka. It is believed that Kharge’s insights and experience will lead the Congress in the right direction. Kharge has the backing of both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. He was a former Railways and Labour Minister and he has a huge task before him.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Kharge on being elected as the new Congress president. In fact he is the first person outside the Gandhi family to hold this post after more than 2 decades. He will take charge on October 26th.