President of the Congress Mallikarjun Kharge formally assumes office.
At the All India Congress Committee offices in the capital, seasoned Congressman Mallikarjun Kharge officially assumed leadership of the party on Wednesday. The certificate of election for the top position was given by Madhusudan Mistry, chairman of the Congress Central Election Authority. Mistry remarked, “I hope rival parties take a learning from the Congress & hold presidential elections by secret ballot.” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the general secretary of the party, former party president Sonia Gandhi, MP Rahul Gandhi, and other prominent officials and MPs attended the event.
Kharge and Manmohan Singh met yesterday at Singh’s house before the occasion at the Congress head office today. At Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, he paid respects this morning. Along with former deputy PM Jagjivan Ram, he also paid respects at the memorials of Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, and Rajiv Gandhi. With the party facing a number of electoral and organisational challenges, Kharge, who was chosen as the first Congress chief not from the Nehru-Gandhi family in 24 years, has his work cut out for him. A guy of significant organisational and administrative expertise, Kharge entered the electoral battle for the party’s top job when Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot chose against contesting.
Kharge is a Dalit activist who ascended through the ranks.
Kharge will become the second representative from Karnataka to hold the top party position after S Nijalingappa, who headed the Party as president in 1968.
During his more over five decades of political activity, Kharge has held a number of posts in Karnataka, in which he was a 9 MLA, worked as a union minister, and been a leadership of the Congress both in Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
Kharge is a political figure who is confident in speaking both Hindi as well as English. He is also brash, articulate, and approachable