Shashi Tharoor said Congress leaders were differentiating in candidates slated to contest presidential polls. (Image: Twitter/Shashi Tharoor)

Ahead of Congress presidential polls, Shashi Tharoor says party leaders carrying out an uneven playing field. He alleged that Mallikarjun Kharge and he were treated differently.

In a fresh twist in the ongoing saga of the Congress presidential polls, Shashi Tharoor alleged a difference in treatment between candidates within the party.The election for the Congress top leadership is slated to conclude on Monday, October 17 nationwide, andMallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor are slated to contest the election, pitted against each other.

On October 12, Congress election authority head Madhusudhan Mistry said that the election to elect the chief would be carried out through a secret ballot. He said that political workers should not be afraid while casting their votes.

"No one will know who voted for whom or how many votes were cast in a particular state," Mistry said while snubbing rumours that the Pradesh Congress Committee members had received feelers to support a certain candidate in the race.


Mistry said that the Congress's chief polls ensured a level playing field, however, Tharoor opposed the predicament. He said, "I am not blaming Mistry Sahib, but there are flaws in the system and elections were not held for 22 years."

He alleged that several state presidents and leaders reached out to the PCC to back Kharge but no leader was available when he arrived.

"But this never happened for my candidacy," Tharoor said while adding, "What would happen if there was a level playing field?"

"Not complaining, but do you not see a difference in treatment?" he said.

Tharoor said that it was not 'Mistry Ji' but the big leaders of Congress who were biased. He said, "When I talk about the level playing field, it is not for Mistry Ji but for the big leaders of the party. You see, I am doing the same thing at DPCC. If big leaders are differentiating between two candidates, then how right is this?

"Don't be afraid, as Rahul Gandhi says!!! I tell party workers don't be afraid and vote!" he said.


With Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor contesting the election, there will be36 polling stations and 67 booths in the polls, as per the central election committee (CEC).The ballot papers and ballot boxes for the Congress President's election have already been dispatched.There are more than 9,000 delegates who will cast their votes, including Rahul Gandhi, who will vote in the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

The result will be out on October 19.

Source: India Today