Cong Prez Polls: Though KPCC is not keen, some Kerala leaders support Tharoor’s nomination

Shashi Tharoor . Photo: PTI/File

Thiruvananthapuram: Shashi Tharoor MP, who is set to file his nomination for Congress presidential elections on Friday noon, faces a stiff uphill task in earning the support of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) leaders. Tharoor, who reportedly collected seven sets of nomination papers from congress headquarters last Saturday, needs the signature of 70 leaders as proposers.

It is worth noting that Tharoor only needed the support of at least 10 party leaders with voting rights to file a nomination. Ahead of submitting the paper, Tharoor will be looking to earn the support of 15 congress MPs, 22 MLAs, and not to mention, the votes from KPCC’s 310-strong electoral college.

Several state leaders, including KPCC president K Sudhakaran and Opposition leader VD Satheesan. have expressed disapproval over Tharoor's candidature. However, the power play between various groups in Congress has created a rift between leaders in the state.

According to the New Indian Express, a senior Congress leader from Thiruvananthapuram has expressed his support for Tharoor and stated he would be a proposer. Further, former MLA KS Sabarinathan told Mathrubhumi News that he will stand with Tharoor. An online media reported that as many as 15 leaders from the state have already expressed their support for the MP. If the voting is anonymous, it is likely that he will get more support from the state.

It was also reported that A Group of Congress has directed its followers not to openly oppose or support Tharoor. There are also reports that MK Raghavan MP and former DCC president KC Abu have signed the nomination papers. The signatories say that the party can't take action against them for signing the nomination papers.

Meanwhile, efforts are also made by some leaders to earn the support of others during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

The last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 8. The final list of candidates will be published at 5 pm on October 8. The polling, if needed, will be held on October 17. The counting of votes is on October 19 and the results will be declared the same day.

More than 9,000 Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) delegates will vote in the poll.

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