Cong prez poll: Kharge marches ahead of Tharoor in TN

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CHENNAI: Senior Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge has emerged as the favourite for the get together’s presidential ballot among the many cadres in Tamil Nadu after a majority shunned a gathering known as by fellow contestant Shashi Tharoor.

Of the 710 voters within the Congress electoral faculty from Tamil Nadu, a handful attended the assembly convened by Tharoor to hunt assist for his candidature on the state Congress headquarters, Satyamoorthi Bhavan on Thursday.

Whereas Kharge has not but commenced his journey in Tamil Nadu, it was clear within the response that Tharoor acquired within the state as to which facet the wind was blowing.

Kharge, who has greater than six a long time of grassroots political expertise, is a extremely revered Dalit face of the get together. Whereas the Gandhi household has not overtly favored any candidate within the Congress presidential ballot, it’s a certainty that the household was backing Kharge. The absence of virtually all of the senior leaders of the get together when Shashi Tharoor arrived at Satyamoorthi Bhavan is a pointer that Kharge is the popular one.

A senior chief of the Congress get together, who was a former MP whereas talking to IANS, stated, “Ordinary party workers will not support Tharoor as there is a feeling that he is inaccessible and out of reach to ordinary party workers. The feedback we receive from his home constituency, Thiruvananthapuram is that he won’t meet common people and has always been seen as an elite.”

He added that Congressmen do not want elite leaders and need grassroots-level, down-to-earth individuals who know the heartbeat of the society to run the organisation.

Nevertheless, the educated center class youths had reached Satyamoorthi Bhavan to throw their assist to Tharoor, who aren’t on the electoral record of the Congress get together and their assist can not garner votes for the Thiruvananthapuram MP.

One other senior chief of the Congress get together, who was a state office-bearer of the get together whereas talking to IANS, stated, “Tharoor may be good to be projected to the outside world. He is suave, well-mannered, speaks good English, and has global contacts. But the moot point is what does that fetch for the party. People prefer someone who is connected with the grassroots and with cadres. The cadres and sympathizers don’t understand the language of diplomacy, they want someone who knows them and their feelings, and Kharge is miles ahead in that.”

With the battle strains drawn, a senior chief within the Congress instructed IANS that it’s a marvel if Tharoor may fetch a sizeable vote share from a complete of 710 votes for the AICC president election from Tamil Nadu.

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