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Rahul Gandhi wants me to run for Congress president: Shashi Tharoor

As Shashi Tharoor landed in Hyderabad on Sunday night to lobby for himself for the October 17 poll, no member of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee received him, people aware of the matter said. (Ayush Sharma) (HT_PRINT)Premium
As Shashi Tharoor landed in Hyderabad on Sunday night to lobby for himself for the October 17 poll, no member of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee received him, people aware of the matter said. (Ayush Sharma) (HT_PRINT)

According to Shashi Tharoor, Rahul Gandhi has requested him to carry on even though some senior leaders asked Gandhi to discourage Tharoor.

Senior party figures approached Rahul Gandhi to request Shashi Tharoor’s departure from the presidential election, the Thiruvananthapuram MP claimed on October 4. Gandhi, however, resisted and urged Tharoor to carry on with the competition. Gandhi advised Tharoor to continue running in the election rather than withdrawing, Tharoor said.

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Rahul Gandhi thinks the election will be beneficial for the Congress, according to Tharoor, who is in Kerala for the election campaign. Gandhi reminded him that he had advocated for a competition for the position of party chief for the past ten years, claimed Tharoor.

Prior to making his request for everyone's support, Tharoor stated that he had never anticipated having the backing of the major party figures. The MP stated he could not betray people who had backed him up until this point and refused to withdraw from the election.

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Tharoor claimed he had met party members in Nagpur, Wardha and Hyderabad. They are the ones urging him to argue his position and not back down, he said. According to Tharorr, he told them that he would stand his ground. He claimed that the courage to go came from their faith in Tharoor.

Following K Sudhakaran, president of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), publicly endorsing seasoned politician Mallikarjun Kharge for the position of party head, Tharoor made his remarks.

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On being asked whether Sudhakaran's public support for Kharge was meant to discourage others from supporting him, Tharoor said, "Maybe. But I am not saying that. I do not need to decipher what is going on in people's minds. I will say one thing, whatever one says secretly or publicly, the ballot is secret."

"No one is going to know who voted for whom. People can vote according to their wishes and beliefs. They can decide whom they want to strengthen the party and prepare it to counter the challenges it would face in the future," he said.

According to Tharoor, the KPCC chief likely voiced his personal opinion, and there was nothing wrong with that.

(With agency inputs)

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Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and social media. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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