Shashi Tharoor | Photo: AK Bijuraj/ Mathrubhumi
Kollam: In a major boost for Shashi Tharoor, a section of the Youth Congress views Thiruvananthapuram MP as the ideal candidate to hold office as Congress President. The Youth Congress members, including state office-bearers, have come out with a public response rejecting the claim of KPCC President K Sudhakaran and other senior leaders that Mallikarjun Kharge should become the Congress president.
The reaction of senior Congress leaders in Kerala is that Kharge's wealth of experience and knowledge will be an advantage for the party.
The leaders are raising arguments that he has little experience in the party. The Youth Congress office-bearers retort that the Kerala leaders' opposition is due to the fear that if Tharoor becomes president, there will be significant changes in the party equations.
Youth Congress state vice-president KS Sabarinadhan remarked that Shashi Tharoor could resist the BJP's communal agenda. He added that Tharoor could also expand Congress's history and ideology and effectively counter the expansion of the Aam Aadmi Party.
K Sudhakaran on Monday changed his stance and batted for Mallikarjun Kharge, the "official" candidate for the party's presidential poll.
All the prominent leaders, including AK Antony, Oommen Chandy, Ramesh Chennithala, Opposition leader VD Satheesan and several others, have chosen Kharge over Shashi Tharoor.