'Mallikarjun Kharge sir is my leader too, we are not enemies': Shashi Tharoor ahead of Congress election
Guwahati/IBNS: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who is running for the party's presidential post, has clarified his recent comments that some people in the party were assuming that there's an official candidate.
The comment was seen as alluding to Mallikarjun Kharge, the other candidate in the Congress presidential election.
"Kharge sir is my leader too. We are not enemies. I am the candidate of change in Congress," Tharoor said in Assam's Guwahati, where he came to the campaign.
He said one of his first tasks if he is elected Congress chief, is to stop party leaders from quitting to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
"People who supported me are not rebels or against the Gandhis...This is a wrong notion. The Gandhis are always with the Congress, and so are we. We are contesting the election with the spirit that whoever wins this election, it will be a victory of the Congress," Tharoor said.
"Under a new [party] President, the Congress will again work for the people of India as for decades it has done under every [party] President. One of the main tasks of the new President is to reach out to other parties for 2024 [national election]. Our first test will be on creating a new national alliance," Tharoor said.