Presidential Election of Indian National Congress: Contenders can see Delegates List

New Delhi: Congress prez post contenders can see delegates list at AICC office from Sep 20, said Mistry while Sashi Tharoor, MP, said he is pleased that this clarification has come in the form of his constructive reply to their letter.

BY | Sunday, 11 September, 2022

Senior Congress party leader Madhusudan Mistry said anyone wanting to file nomination for the post of Congress president will be able see the list of the over 9,000 delegates at the AICC’s central election authority office from 20 September.

The announcement came in the wake of five MPs writing a letter to Mistry raising concerns about their inability to see who all are allowed to vote and nominate among the delegates.

In his letter, Mistry said if anyone desires to get nominations from ten supporters from different states, the list of all 9,000-plus delegates will be available in his office at AICC, Delhi from 20 September (11am to 6pm), before they file their nomination on 24 September.

In a joint letter to Mistry dated 6 September, five MPs, including Sashi Tharoor had expressed concern about the “transparency and fairness” in the election for the party’s top post, and sought that the list of the PCC delegates that make up the electoral college be provided to all electors and potential candidates.

Read More: Five Cong MPs write to Mistry, express concern over transparency, fairness of party chief polls

Sashi Tharoor, MP from Thiruvananthapuram said he is pleased that this clarification has come in the form of his constructive reply to their letter. “In view of these assurances, I am satisfied. Many will be glad to move on with an election process that in my view will only strengthen the party,” he said.

Chidambaram tweeted: “As a signatory to the letter along with my parliamentary colleagues, I am satisfied with the reply from Mistry ji and I endorse the sentiments of my senior colleague Shashi Tharoor.”

In his reply to the five MPs, Mistry said he notes their concern and appreciates their intention of strengthening the party and having a free, fair and transparent election of the Congress president.

Tharoor and Tewari were among the group of 23 leaders who had written to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in 2020 seeking an organisational overhaul.

Tharoor is said to be contemplating running for the post of party president.

The process for filing nominations will be held from 24 to 30 September. The last date for the withdrawal of nominations is 8 October and the election, if required, will be held on 17 October. The results will be out on 19 October.


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