Kharge, the first non-Gandhi to head the party in 24 years, had defeated Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor in a direct contest for the president's post.
As a political figure, I was delighted that this election gave me the opportunity to build a personal connection between Congress-minded voters across the country and myself, writes Tharoor.
While Kharge is considered the firm favourite with his perceived proximity to the Gandhis, Tharoor has pitched himself as the candidate of change.
A booth will be set up at the AICC headquarters for senior leaders. A camp booth will be set up for Rahul Gandhi and others who are participating in the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
KPCC president K Sudhakaran, Opposition leader V D Satheesan and senior leaders Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala are among those who have openly backed Kharge.
The development comes in wake of K Muraleedharan declaring his support for Mallikarjun Kharge in the upcoming Congress presidential election. Kharge is deemed by many to be the 'official' candidate.
AICC general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal was also in the same flight from Kerala to Delhi.
To a Congress delegate with voting right from Kerala, signing Tharoor’s nomination papers could be a risky affair as it would be seen as an open defiance of the ‘official’ interests.
One-man, one-post commitment expected to be maintained, says Rahul in Kochi during Bharat Jodo Yatra.
In the next few days it would also be clear if a surprise candidate or candidates also throw their hat in the ring.