Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday addressed the Congress party’s latest presidential election, saying he hoped those who voted for Shashi Tharoor would join the BJP soon.
Speaking to ANI on Saturday, the Assam CM said, “The results of the Congress in the so-called internal elections were known and announced even before the counting of votes. The only democratic people in the Congress were the 1,000 delegates who showed courage to vote for Shashi Tharoor, I think they will join BJP soon.”
Mr Tharoor, who was contesting the post against his senior party colleague Mallikarjun Kharge, said only the brave were trying to join the BJP.
Mr Kharge got 7,897 votes in the presidential election against Mr Tharoor who got 1,072 votes in the October 17 poll.
In a video, the Thiruvananthapuram MP responded to Sarma’s statement, saying, “Those who show courage will never join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), only those who do not have the courage to fight may try to do so.”
Mr Kharge was elected as the Congress president on October 19.
Shortly after winning the polls, Mr Kharge said the party had set “an example of strengthening democracy in the country by holding union elections” at a time when “democracy is under threat” in the country.
Speaking to the media after his victory, Mr Kharge said the Congress had “consistently strengthened democracy” in the country’s 75-year history and protected the constitution.
“Now when democracy is in danger, the Constitution is under attack and every institution is being violated. The Congress is an example of a party that is struggling to strengthen the country’s democracy and hold national organizational elections. I am grateful. everyone who is concerned about the election. ” he said.
Mr. Mr Tharoor visited Mr Kharge’s residence to congratulate him on his achievement.
“I want to congratulate my partner Shashi Tharoor as well, we contested the election as representatives, he met me and we discussed how to take the party forward,” said Mr Kharge.
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