Congress leader Shashi Tharoor claimed Monday that a revamped party is needed to take on the BJP, seeking support from party voters for his candidacy for the post of party leader. Tharoor, who represents Thiruvananthapuram in the Lok Sabha, ruled out the ideological difference with party veteran Mallikarjun Kharge, who is also in the presidential race.
“Let me make it clear that I agree with @kharge ji that all of us in @incIndia want to compete against the BJP rather than against each other. There is no ideological difference between us. The choice for our voting colleagues October 17 is only on how to do it most effectively,” Tharoor said in a tweet. His comments come a day after Kharge said he told Tharoor a consensus candidate would be better, but the Lok Sabha MP urged a contest “in the interests of democracy”.
Tharoor, who is in Hyderabad in connection with his Congressional presidential election campaign, said he has “huge” respect for his rival Mallikarjun Kharge. “I believe we need a reinvented, reimagined Congress to take on the BJP. That’s why I continued my candidacy in this election,” he told reporters in Hyderabad.
“We want the Congress party to be victorious again in our country. As far as I’m concerned, the only real difference in this election is the way we deal with the challenges the Congress party faces in overcoming the BJP and its formidable election machine,” he said. said. The match is a “family discussion” and there is no arguing, he said. Kharge has a lot of experience, ability and knowledge, he said.
“I’m taking a different approach and presenting that to voters to see what they want. But I do want to emphasize. We’re all in this together.” Regardless of the person who emerges victorious, it would be the biggest victory for the Congress party. Tharoor said he would not withdraw from the competition.
His campaign is getting good response and he would also visit cities like Chennai and Mumbai, he said. He said he would contact voting delegates across the country as soon as their phone numbers are available on Wednesday.
Former Union Minister MM Pallam Raju visited Tharoor. The Congressional presidential election is scheduled for October 17. The counting of the votes was to take place on October 19 and the results are expected the same day.
More than 9,000 delegates from the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) make up the electorate.
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