Mallikarjun Kharge all set to become Congress president

Mallikarjun Kharge is set to be the new Congress president after a landslide win in the party’s first election in more than 20 years.

Kharge, widely seen to be the “Gandhi-approved” candidate, won 90 per cent of the votes cast on Monday. He scored 7,897 votes while Shashi Tharoor finished with 1,072.

Even before the results were announced, Rahul Gandhi had declared Kharge as the winner at a press conference in Andhra Pradesh.

When asked whether he would report to the new chief, Rahul Gandhi said: “The new president will decide what my role will be. Ask Kharge ji and Sonia ji.”