Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi has said that the party’s president elections will be “free and fair”. The October 17 polls will give the Grand Old Party a non-Gandhi president after over 24 years. This would be the fourth time since Independence that polling will decide who would lead the party.
While the party is set to witness a contest for the post of party president, the recent developments have brought it down it down to a one-on-one contest between Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor, with Ashok Gehlot and Digvijaya Singh having pulled out of the race.
While Kharge is the last-minute “official” pick of the Gandhis, Tharoor is considered as an underdog, owing to the fact that he is among one of the G-23 members.