Lucknow, Oct 16 (PTI) On the eve of the vote to elect the new Congress President, candidate Shashi Tharoor said on Sunday he was beating on a track with a ‘ragged bounce’ and did not want ‘tampering with the pitch’ .
Asked to comment on the fairness of the polls, Tharoor in an interview told PTI: “I said there was an uneven playing field, but that doesn’t mean that (Madhusudan) Mistryji is unfair. I think that ‘He is very fair, and it is possible to get a fair result from his system. However, in the party, we see that the work done by some leaders is not quite fair.’ with an uneven bounce but I have to hit it. I just don’t want there to be any tampering with the pitch,” he said.
The 66-year-old Congress leader also said that of the 12 to 13 states he had gone to seek votes, Madhya Pradesh had shown “fairness”. However, he evaded an answer when asked if he was getting fair treatment in Uttar Pradesh.
“Mistryji addressed this issue through a secret ballot for the elections,” Tharoor said.
When asked what plans he had for Uttar Pradesh sending 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha, Tharoor said: “We definitely need to rejuvenate the party everywhere including UP.” He pointed out that the party won only three percent of the vote in the latest polls in the state.
Asked to compare the election for the post of Congress president with that of the UN secretary-general which he had contested, Tharoor said: “It was 15 voters and it was not difficult to contact them because it there were 15 capitals, 15 foreign ministers and 15 governments.. Here we are talking about 9,000 (voters). In a question he addressed to his constituents in Hindi at the UP Congress office, Tharoor said, “My Hindi has always been like that. The problem is that I don’t use it inside Parliament because I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to language.” “I know there are a lot of gaps, especially when it comes to is about gender because neither in Malayalam nor in English there is no gender,” he said.
“I don’t understand why a table is masculine and why a flower is feminine. Since every word spoken inside the parliament is recorded, I don’t use Hindi. But I give sound bytes outside the Parliament,” he added.
The Thiruvananthapuram MP is up against veteran Congressman Mallikarjun Kharge in the October 17 elections for the party’s top job. The results of the elections will be announced on October 19.
Voting will take place Oct. 17 in each state capital by secret ballot. There are about 9,300 delegates, including 1,250 from Uttar Pradesh, who are eligible to vote.
Earlier in the day, Tharoor conducted a veiled search at the Kharge camp, claiming some colleagues were engaging in “netagiri” and telling party workers they knew who Sonia Gandhi wanted to elect.
If anyone has a “fear or doubt,” the party has made it clear it will be a secret ballot, he said, urging congressional delegates to listen to their hearts when voting.
“I also asked Sonia Gandhi how she sees the election. She said it was very good for the party and that you fight with all the courage and that we will remain neutral. She had said that he would not there would be no official candidate on their side,” said Tharoor. journalists.
Tharoor emphasized the “decentralization” of the organization so that all decisions are not made in Delhi. He said there should be “easy access” to the party chairman. PTI NAV RDK