Rajasthan Chief Minister and Congress’ prominent leader Ashok Gehlot stated on Wednesday, that attempts to make Rahul Gandhi the party president was made till the end moment, as he only possesses the caliber to take arms against the Modi government.
Speaking to reporters, Gehlot said: “Sonia Gandhi Ji’s 22-year tenure as president will never be forgotten. In 1998, we all asked her to become the party’s leader because, without her, the party would have disintegrated. Despite her language difficulties, she accepted the challenge for the benefit of the Congress party. Following that, she served as the 22nd President of Congress, during which time 13 state governments were established. No one will ever forget how brilliantly she performed in her role as party leader.” Rahul Gandhi wanted the party’s president to be someone other than Gandhi, he added.
“Rahul Gandhi wanted the party’s president to be someone other than a Gandhi for once. But till the very last moment, attempts were made to elect Rahul Gandhi as party leader since only he can oppose Modi and the ruling party “Gehlot claimed.
Additionally, the chief minister of Rajasthan hailed Mallikarjun Kharge and pledged to cooperate to advance the party.
“Today marks a fresh start. As we endeavour to develop the party, we extend our congratulations to Mallikarjun Kharge Ji “Gehlot said.
Before entering office, freshly elected Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge paid respects to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in the nation’s capital.
In the nation’s capital, Kharge also presented floral tributes to former leaders Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi at Shanti Van and Shakti Sthal, respectively.
At Samta Sthal, he also paid respects to Dalit hero and liberation fighter Jagjivan Ram.
At a ceremony later in the day at the Congress headquarters here, the seasoned politician will assume leadership as the All India Congress Committee (AICC) President. Kharge will get an election certificate from Sonia Gandhi at the occasion.
Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress, is also set to attend the ceremony. To attend the occasion, Rahul Gandhi will take a break from his current Bharat Jodo Yatra.
After 24 years, Kharge became the first non-Gandhi to hold the position after vastly outperforming Shashi Tharoor in the contest for the party’s top position.
In the presidential election, which was conducted on October 17, Kharge earned 7,897 votes, while Tharoor garnered 1,072.