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Widely seen as ‘Gandhi-approved’ candidate, who is Mallikarjun Kharge – the new Congress President?

Mallikarjun Kharge

Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Mallikarjun Kharge won the elections for the post of Congress President in the country thereby defeating Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday morning. Tharoor conceded defeat and took to twitter to wish Kharge. 

Tharoor tweeted, “It is a great honour & a huge responsibility to be President of @INCIndia &I wish @Kharge ji 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.”

Mallikarjun Kharge bagged 7,897 of the total 9,385 votes, while his opponent Tharoor conceded defeat with 1,072 votes.

Kharge would become the Congress’ first non-Gandhi president in 24 years by replacing Sonia Gandhi who was the Interim Chief after Rahul Gandhi stepped down as the party president after 2019 Lok Sabha debacle.

Here are some lesser known facts about new Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge…

  • Kharge was born on July 21 in 1942 in Bhalki taluk of Bidar district, which falls in the old Hyderabad–Karnataka region, formerly ruled by the Nizams. 
  • Born to Mapanna and Saibavva, Kharge is married to Radhabai and has three sons – Priyank, Rahul and Milind – and two daughters – Priyadarshini and Jayashree. People close to the veteran leader say his children’s names Priyank and Rahul were inspired by the Nehru-Gandhi family members Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi.
  • Out of the 12 elections that Kharge contested (both Assembly and Lok Sabha), he tasted defeated only once in 2019. He was elected to the Karnataka Assembly nine times consecutively between 1972 and 2008. This earned him the sobriquet of ‘Solilada Sardara’ (a leader without defeat). 
  • The 80-yr-old has been the only Dalit Congress chief after Jagjivan Ram.
  • Kharge studied law at Seth Shankarlal Lahoti College in Gulbarga and won many labour union cases as a junior.
  • When Kharge was just seven, his family was forced to relocate to neighbouring Kalburgi (formerly Gulbarga) district, after an outbreak of communal violence, in which several members of his immediate family, including his mother, lost their lives. This incident is said to the turning point in his life that shaped his views on communalism and inter-faith relations making him staunchly ‘secular.’ 
  • Kharge was academically an average student who had an inclination for politics. As a result, he was involved in student union political activity at a government college in Kalburgi. 
  • It is said that Kharge, in his early days, even worked in a cinema theatre to support himself financially. 
  • Kharge was a keen player of kabbadi, hockey and football who won several accolades at district level. He was even tagged as a ‘daring raider’ in kabbadi matches.
  • Kharge is well-versed in Hindu, Urdu, Kannada, Marathi, Telugu and English languages. 

Also read: If you’re happy the way things are running in Congress, vote for Mallikarjun Kharge: Shashi Tharoor

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VIDEO: Rahul Gandhi blows kisses at BJP office during Bharat Jodo Yatra

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on December 6 morning during Bharat Jodo Yatra made headlines when he gave flying kisses to people at the BJP Jhalawar office’s rooftop who wanted to catch a glimpse of the march. 

Bharat Jodo Yatra is passing through Rajasthan now, it resumed from Khel Sankul and crossed Jhalawar city in the morning.

Just a day ago, Rahul Gandhi targeted opposition BJP and RSS, asking why they were not chanting ‘Jai Siyaram’ and ‘Hey Ram’.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Govind Singh Dotasra, and several MLAs are accompanying Gandhi on the yatra.

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10 lakh spectators, covering 14 seats across 50 km; PM Modi makes history with road show for BJP in Ahmedabad

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10 lakh spectators, covering 14 seats across 50 km; PM Modi makes history with road show for BJP in Ahmedabad

PM Modi at the road show in Ahmedabad for Gujarat Elections 2022

Gujarat Elections 2022 is on-going, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s road show in Ahmedabad on December 1 made history.

Modi stood in a vehicle designed specially for the 50 km long road show, perhaps the longest in India. It passed through 14 Vidhan Sabha seats, and over 10 lakh people turned up to witness it. 

PM Modi’s road show commenced from Naroda village, passed through the eastern part of Ahmedabad and ended at IOC circle in the Chandkheda area on the city’s western side. It took almost 4 hours to complete the distance.

First phase of voting of Gujarat Assembly Elections in 89 seats was held on December 1. In the remaining 93 seats, which include 16 in Ahmedabad, will happen on December 5.

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‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claims Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan

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“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan, Bharat Jodo Yatra leader Rahul Gandhi

“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25. He also said that he has ordered a probe into the incident.

Earlier that day, BJP leaders alleged that partakers in the Yatra shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. A controversy flared up after BJP State President VD Sharma and other party leaders shared a video on social media claiming that ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised during the rally.

Calling it a conspiracy by the BJP against Rahul Gandhi, Congress Party denied the claims. Yatra entered Madhya Pradesh on its 77th day of the Padyatra on November 23.

Covering a total distance of  3,570 km, Congress claimed that Bharat Jodo Yatra is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India. It started from Kanyakumari on September 7, and will end in Kashmir next year.

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