Breaking News LIVE: Newly elected Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge will take over as Congress President on Wednesday (October 26). Posters of congratulations have been put up outside the Congress headquarters in Delhi before he takes over as the President. However, becoming the President of Congress is going to raise a mountain of challenges in front of him. In the coming few days, there are assembly elections in many states in front of him, while the political crisis of Rajasthan is standing in front of him as a challenge.
The assembly elections of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, which are going to be held in the next few weeks, are also a big challenge. At the same time, the Lok Sabha elections of 2024 will be the biggest ordeal for him. Kharge will take over as the party president on Wednesday morning in the presence of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders.
Hailing from the Dalit community of Karnataka, 80-year-old Kharge defeated his rival Tharoor, 66, in the historic election held on October 17. For the sixth time in the party’s 137-year history, elections were held for the post of president. After 24 years, someone outside the Gandhi family has become the President of Congress.
Kharge will face many challenges to strengthen the party ahead of the 2024 general elections. Congress’s hopes of doing better in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections are a big challenge, while the ongoing tug of war within the party in Rajasthan and Karnataka has added to the party’s troubles. In such a situation, uniting the party before the 2024 general elections will be a big challenge for Kharge.
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