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Congress President Elections 2022: Voting concludes, counting of votes on October 19

Congress President Polls Live, Congress Presidential Election 2022 Live Updates: In the run-up to the elections, Kharge told The Indian Express that he would seek the advice of the Gandhis time and again while Tharoor told IE that he had faced differential treatment at the hands of several PCC chiefs and leaders.

Congress President Elections 2022: Voting concludes, counting of votes on October 19
Congress President Polls Live Updates: Mallikarjun Kharge vs Shashi Tharoor – Who will be the next Congress President? (Photo: PTI)

Congress President Election Live: Shashi Tharoor is up against Mallikarjun Kharge as voting for the Congress presidential elections began at 10 am today. At least 9,000 Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) delegates are voting to elect a Congress president. The voting has now concluded and the counting will be done on October 19.

Also Read: Mallikarjun Kharge vs Shashi Tharoor: Stage set! Who will be the next Congress President?

This will be the first time in 24 years when the party will be electing a non-Gandhi to its top-post. Earlier, party communications-in-charge Jairam Ramesh said that Rahul Gandhi, who is currently doing a Bharat Jodo Yatra, will be casting his vote in Karnataka along with 40 other PCC candidates. Party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi has served as the Congress chief for the longest period of time from 1998 to 2017 after which, Rahul Gandhi took the top post. Sonia Gandhi has been the interim party chief since 2019 after Rahul Gandhi stepped down.

Also Read: Congress presidential polls: Mallikarjun Kharge appeals to party’s youth; says ‘crucial to fight divisive BJP’

In the run-up to the elections, Kharge told The Indian Express that he would seek the advice of the Gandhis time and again while Tharoor told IE that he had faced differential treatment at the hands of several PCC chiefs and leaders. Tharoor claimed that while many senior leaders showed their support to Kharge, the same leaders didn’t meet him. Both the leaders have promised to execute the Udaipur Declarations to its entirety, if voted to power, and also talked about taking everyone along while making decisions. In his manifesto, Tharoor has called for decentralisation within the party.

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16:20 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress Presidential Elections 2022 Live: Voting concludes

Voting for the Congress presidential elections has concluded, ANI reported. The counting of votes will take place on October 19.

16:08 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress Presidential Elections 2022 Live: PCC members participating in Bharat Jodo Yatra vote from camp site

“Delegates participating in the 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' voted for the post of Congress President by participating in the voting process from the camp site itself,” tweets Congress.

'भारत जोड़ो यात्रा' में सम्मिलित डेलिगेट्स ने कैंप साइट से ही मतदान प्रक्रिया में हिस्सा लेकर कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष पद के लिए मतदान किया। pic.twitter.com/otQPTkPgJv— Congress (@INCIndia) October 17, 2022
15:34 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress Presidential Elections 2022 Live: 250 delegates cast vote in Gujarat till 1.30 pm

Around 250 Congress delegates out of the total 407 in Gujarat have so far voted for the polls underway on Monday to elect the next All India Congress Committee (AICC) president, a party spokesperson said. Gujarat Congress president Jagdish Thakor and former state chief Amit Chavda were among those who exercised their franchise at the state party headquarters in Paldi area of the city. There was a queue of voters in the morning. Around 250 delegates, including senior state Congress leaders, cast their votes till 1.30 pm, party spokesperson Alok Sharma said. (PTI)

13:58 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress Presidential Elections 2022: ‘Congress party has set an example,’ says Sachin Pilot after casting vote

After voting, Sachin Pilot told that the way polls were conducted in a “transparent and democratic” manner, the party has set an example for all.

https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1581923056863547393

13:32 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress Presidential Elections 2022: Goa PCC delegate casts his vote

“I am sure that the Congress Party will emerge stronger under the new National President across India,” AMit Patkar tweeted after casting his vote.

https://twitter.com/amitspatkar/status/1581877853234540544

12:29 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress Presidential Elections LIVE: Rahul Gandhi casts his vote in Karnataka

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi casts his vote on the sidelines of the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Karnataka.

https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1581898079376056321

12:16 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress Presidential Elections LIVE: Kharge wishes poll opponent Shashi Tharoor

“Spoke to him earlier today, both of us are contesting to strengthen @INCIndia to build a stronger & better nation for the future generations,” tweeted Mallikarjun Kharge.

https://twitter.com/kharge/status/1581885326855131137

12:00 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress presidential polls LIVE: Maha party chief Nana Patole, former state head Balasaheb Thorat cast vote

Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole and former state unit head Balasaheb Thorat were among the first few leaders to cast their vote on Monday to elect the next All India Congress Committee (AICC) chief.

Voting is underway for the Congress presidential polls as senior leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor face-off for the post of the AICC chief.

A total of 797 Congress delegates from Maharashtra are eligible to cast their votes. Out of these delegates, 561 are from the party's Maharashtra Pradesh unit, while 236 belong to the Mumbai unit.

The polling is being held at Tilak Bhavan in Dadar area of Mumbai. (PTI)

11:43 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress President Elections 2022 UPDATES: “Waiting for a long time for this,” says Sonia

When asked if she is happy after casting her vote, Sonia Gandhi told reporters, “I have been waiting for a long time for this.”

https://twitter.com/ani/status/1581887196109631488

11:15 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress President Elections 2022 LIVE: Sonia, Priyanka cast their votes at party HQ

Party's interim president Sonia Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi cast their votes in AICC headquarters in Akbar Road, Delhi.

https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1581881234715574272

11:05 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress Presidential polls LIVE: My relation with the Gandhis will remain the same after today’s results, says Gehlot

Reacting to the ongoing election for the party's top post, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot called it a “historic day.”

https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1581877257085206528

10:54 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress Presidential elections 2022: Ramesh hails Cong presidential polls as historic

The Congress presidential polls are free, fair and transparent, party general secretary Jairam Ramesh said on Monday and hailed the elections as “historic”.

He said the Congress is the only political party that has elections for the post of president and also the only one to have a TN Seshan-like central election authority chairman in Madhusudan Mistry. (PTI)

https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1581873384673009664

10:36 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Cong prez poll underway; 310 delegates from Kerala to cast vote

Polling for the Congress president's post commenced at 10 AM at the KPCC state headquarters here where 310 Congress delegates from Kerala are expected to cast their vote on Monday either for Shashi Tharoor or Mallikarjun Kharge for the party chief's position.

While many of the senior leaders from Kerala, the home turf of Tharoor, have openly declared their support for Kharge, the MP from Thiruvananthapuram has claimed that he has support of the youth leaders and party workers.

Senior party leaders like Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief K Sudhakaran, V D Satheesan, Ramesh Chennithala and K Muraleedharan have said that Kharge was better suited for the party president post as he has risen through the ranks and was more experienced than Tharoor. (PTI)

10:15 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress President Elections LIVE: Shashi Tharoor wishes his poll opponent Kharge

“Spoke to Mallikarjun Kharge this morning to wish him well & to reaffirm my respect for him & our shared devotion to the success of Indian National Congress, tweeted party presidential candidate Shashi Tharoor ahead of the voting.

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https://twitter.com/ShashiTharoor/status/1581864437056610305

10:05 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress President Elections LIVE: Madhusudan Mistry checks ballot boxes at party HQ

Congress' Central Election Authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry checks the ballot boxes ahead of the party presidential polls.

https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1581862680700555264

09:46 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress President elections LIVE: 75 delegates including Sonia, Priyanka to vote in party HQ

A total of 75 Congress delegates including party's interim pres Sonia Gandhi, Gen Secy Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, former PM Manmohan Singh & other CWC members & senior leaders will cast their votes in AICC headquarters, Delhi 280 delegates will cast their votes in Delhi Congress office. (ANI)

09:14 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress President Elections LIVE: Jairam Ramesh tweets picture of polling booth where Rahul Gandhi will cast his vote

“This is the polling booth at the #bharatjodoyatra campsite in Sanganakallu that will open at 10am. It is the meeting room container converted into a polling booth for the Congress Presidential elections,” tweets party communications-in-charge Jairam Ramesh.

https://twitter.com/Jairam_Ramesh/status/1581846537893994496

09:11 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress Presidential elections LIVE: Sonia Gandhi to vote in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi to cast his vote in Karnataka’s Bellari

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi & former PM Manmohan Singh will vote in Delhi. Rahul Gandhi will vote at Bharat Jodo Yatra campsite, Bellari. (ANI)

https://twitter.com/ANINewsUP/status/1581847985855803392

08:56 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress polls LIVE: Electors asked to put tick mark after Tharoor’s team flags putting ‘1’ may lead to confusion

Electors in the Congress presidential polls have been asked to put a tick mark against the name of their choice on the ballot paper after AICC president candidate Shashi Tharoor's team took up with the party's top poll body the issue of its earlier directive that voters write “1” to reflect their preference, citing that it may lead to confusion, sources said on Sunday.

In instructions for polling issued on Saturday, Congress central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry had said PCC Members “will mark '1' on the ballot paper against the name of the candidate and fold the ballot paper to put it into the ballot box”. Tharoor's team took up the issue with Mistry, stating that this may confuse the voters as Kharge is on serial number 1 and Tharoor on serial number 2 on the ballot paper and writing '1' in front of the name of the preferred candidate would put the latter at a “disadvantage, the sources said. (PTI)

08:55 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress President Elections LIVE UPDATES: Visual from Shashi Tharoor’s residence

Visuals from Congress presidential candidate Shashi Tharoor's residence ahead of the party president elections.

https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1581846028495761409

08:52 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress President Elections LIVE: Batting on track with uneven bounce, doesn’t want pitch tempering, says Tharoor

On the eve of voting to elect the new Congress president, candidate Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said he is batting on a track with an “uneven bounce” and doesn't want “pitch tampering”.

Asked to comment on the fairness of the polls, Tharoor in an interview told PTI, “I had said there is an uneven playing field but that doesn't mean that (Madhusudan) Mistryji is unfair. I think he is very fair-minded, and it is feasible to get a fair result from his system. However, in the party we see that the work done by some leaders isn't quite fair.” “I am batting on a pitch with uneven bounce but I have to bat on it. I just don't want there to be any pitch tampering,” he said. (PTI)

08:51 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress President polls: Appealing to vote for Kharge for Congress president not violation of AICC guidelines, says Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday said that he did not violate the AICC guidelines for the party's president election when he became the proposer of Mallikarjun Kharge for the president's post.

“I had become the proposer of Kharge. Some people created a controversy that I had campaigned in support of Kharge. If I had to campaign, I would have gone to every state. I didn't do that,” Gehlot said.

“Can't I make an appeal for the person whose name I have proposed?” Gehlot asked, talking to reporters after addressing a event of Rajiv Gandhi Rural Olympics. (PTI)

08:49 (IST) 17 Oct 2022
Congress Presidential Polls: Will have no shame in taking advice and support of Gandhi family, says Kharge

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday said the Gandhi family has struggled to strengthen the party, and he would have no shame in taking their advice and support in case he is elected party president.

Kharge, considered close to the Gandhis, joined Rahul Gandhi in Bellary on Saturday for the Bharat Jodo Yatra and later addressed a public meeting there.

The veteran leader said he is the “delegates' candidate” in this polls to the party's highest post, scheduled for October 17.

Responding to a question about talk that he would be remote-controlled by the Gandhi family, Kharge said, “They say such things as there is nothing else to tell. The BJP indulges in such a campaign and others follow it. Sonia Gandhi has worked for 20 years in the organisation…Rahul Gandhi was also president…they have struggled for the party and put their strength for its growth.” Congress delegates will vote on Monday to elect their party president. Kharge, who is up against party leader Shashi Tharoor, will cast his vote at the Karnataka Congress office in Bengaluru in the morning, sources close to him said. (PTI)

First published on: 17-10-2022 at 08:22 IST