While exclusively talking to NewsX, Mallikarjun Kharge, Member of the Parliament at the Rajya Sabha and also the candidate running for the position of the President for Congress, reiterated that Congress’ ideology is to bring the nation together and not break them.
On being questioned about running for the President of the party, he said at first he wasn’t supposed to be contesting for the elections, and he is still not aware of the reasons why both Gehlot and Digvijay aren’t contesting for the elections anymore.
“I was contacted by the top leaders and delegates who then urged me to contest for the elections as the party needs a senior leader who can strengthen and unify the party, we congressmen wanted Rahul Gandhi to contest for the elections but as he had the resolve that he won’t contest for the president position, so I was urged to contest for the elections,” Kharge added.
He also reiterated that the Bhartiya Janta Party has a resolve to defame the Gandhi family and electing a president for the party is an internal matter so he doesn’t pay any heed to what the opposition says about the elections for the president.
If elected Kharge wants to unify the opposition against the BJP for 2024 as he believes that BJP is on the path to destroy anyone who doesn’t resonate with their ideology or who doesn’t want to work with them.
As he has both the experience and expertise to manage the floor and keep the opposition party together as the Leader of the Lok Sabha house, and leader of position in Rajya Sabha, he reiterated that a strong opposition is the need of the hour, and we all have unified to fight against inflation, unemployment, the hike in the price of petrol and diesel, or issues pertaining to the farmers, we have fought it all together.
We also expressed his gratitude towards the presence of the Gandhi family in Congress, as he feels it is a blessing to have the Gandhis, as they have given everyone several opportunities to shine as MPs and MLAs.
Upon being called a rubber stamp and a loyal member of the party being the only reason for being in the race for being the president, he took a jibe at BJP by saying “this is how they (BJP) works not congress.”
“We have worked towards the freedom of this country, constitution, we kept the democracy intact, now others are using these and still calling us a rubber stamp or loyalist for getting the candidacy?” he added.
The new president will be elected on the 17th of this month.