You can’t miss Shashi Tharoor’s ‘netagiri’ jibe in Kharge camp ahead of Congress President polls

While many are already seeing the results of tomorrow’s Congressional presidential polls confirmed, the candidate for the post, Shashi Tharoor, is in no mood to leave any stone unturned to win the election. Tharoor on Sunday stressed on “decentralization” in the organization so that “not all decisions are made in Delhi”.

The senior congress leader attacked party leaders who “surrendered to ‘netagiri’ and told party officials” they know who “wants” Sonia Gandhi elected. For those who have “fear or doubt” in their minds, Tharoor said, the party has made it clear that it will be a secret ballot.

The MP from Thiruvananthapuram, who is running against veteran leader Mallikarjun Kharge in Monday’s elections, said there should be “easy access” to the party chairman. “Someone will win these polls, while someone will lose them. I win, I believe Congress should emerge victorious,” he told reporters at Congress headquarters in Uttar Pradesh.

Tharoor also emphasized the implementation of the party’s Udaipur statement, including the ‘one-person, one-post’ principle. “There should be decentralization in the party so that not all decisions are made in Delhi,” he said, adding that the opinion of the PCC delegates is important to the Congress.

In a veiled dig at the Kharge camp, he said: “I know some of my colleagues indulge in ‘netagiri’ and tell the party employees that they know what Sonia Gandhi wants and who she wants.” This kind of ‘netagiri” is not limited to this state, it was in many states. Do you (party workers) not trust the words of Sonia Gandhi, who has led our party?

“She had made it categorically clear that you are contesting the polls, and we (Gandhi family) will remain neutral.” He stressed that “Sonia Gandhi has issued directives to Madhusudan Mistry, the party’s main electoral authority, to say on behalf of the party that we (Gandhi family) are neutral and that there is no official candidate.

“So, if anyone has any fear or doubt in their mind, Mistry has told you categorically that it will be a secret ballot,” he said. The vote will take place on October 17 in each state capital by secret ballot. The election results will be announced on October 19.

There are 9,300 delegates, including 1,250 from Uttar Pradesh, who are eligible to vote. Kharge, who was in Karnataka on Sunday, said he would certainly seek advice and support from the Gandhi family if elected. “It’s no shame. If something benefits from your (media) advice, I will take it. They have worked for this party and it is my duty to follow their advice,” said Kharge.

Asked about his message for Tharoor, he said: “I don’t want to get into controversy. He (Tharoor) says his thoughts, I don’t want to debate his thoughts. I share my thoughts. Is our organization or a family matter. He has the right to say what he wants, just like I have. It’s an internal friendly fight.”

He also rejected claims that it would be a rigged election, with many prominent leaders and delegates openly supporting him. “I’m contacting election delegates, my campaign managers are organizing… I’m a delegate candidate, senior leaders and delegates have sponsored me,” Kharge said.

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