Shashi Tharoor . Photo: ANI
New Delhi: Congress Shashi Tharoor congratulated Mallikarjun Kharge who won the Congress president election with a lead of 7,897 votes. In his statement, Tharoor hailed the election as a true celebration of inner-party democracy.
Tharoor who defeated by Kharge in the polls pointed out that the decision of the party delegates is final and he accept it humbly.
"The decision of the party delegates is final and I accept it humbly. It is a privilege to be a member of a party that allows its workers to choose their president," Tharoor said.
"Our new president is a party colleague and senior who brings ample leadership and experience to the table. Under his guidance, I am confident that we can all collectively take the party to new heights," Tharoor said.
Tharoor said the party owes an "irredeemable debt" to outgoing president Sonia Gandhi, for her quarter-century of leadership of the party and for being the anchor during our most crucial moments.
"Her decision to authorise this election process, which has given us new pathways to the future, is undoubtedly a fitting testament to her sagacity and vision for our party. I hope she continues to guide, motivate and inspire the party's new leadership team in overcoming the challenges ahead," Tharoor said.
He also thanked former president Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for doing their own bit to support free and neutral elections.
"The Nehru-Gandhi family has held, and will always hold, a special place in the hearts of Congress party members — and with good reason too," he said.