Kharge Takes Over As First Non-Gandhi Congress Prez After 24 Years

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NEW DELHI — Mallikarjun Kharge has officially taken over as the Congress president at the AICC headquarters here and became the first non-Gandhi after a gap of 24 years to be the party chief.

Ahead of his official takeover as the Congress president on Wednesday, Kharge paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat, and also visited the Samta Sthal and Shakti Sthal.

Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi were present along with other senior leaders of the party. Rahul Gandhi took a break from his ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra to attend the Kharge takeover.

Full support and cooperation to Kharge: Tharoor

Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who lost out to Mallikarjun Kharge in the party’s presidential race, on Wednesday pledged his full support and cooperation to the new AICC chief in taking the party forwards

Tharoor, who attended the event, in a tweet said, “Gathered for a brief chat after Kharge ji sat in his new office for a symbolic moment. Pledged him my full support & cooperation in taking Congress forward.”

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Photo: Newly elected Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge took charge today in the presence of senior leaders of the party including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. — IANS

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