Ashok Gehlot Vs Shashi Tharoor: Senior party leaders Shashi Tharoor and Ashok Gehlot, ready to contest the election of Congress President, not only come from different backgrounds, but also their political journey. ) has also been different. While Rajasthan Chief Minister (Rajasthan CM) Gehlot has announced his candidature, former Union Minister Tharoor has also expressed his intention by calling for the nomination form on Saturday.
On one side is 71-year-old Gehlot, a grassroots leader and organizational figure associated with the Congress since its student days, who has always been a leader of the party line and the masses. On the other side is 66-year-old Tharoor, outspoken, learned and gentle, who is known to speak his mind and joined Congress in 2009 after a long stint at the United Nations.
What is the background of both the leaders
The background of both the leaders is also different. Gehlot’s father Babu Laxman Singh was a skilled professional magician and used to travel to different cities to perform. Tharoor was born in London and has an excellent educational background. Gehlot is a graduate in science, a post-graduate in economics and has studied law.
Tharoor has studied at leading institutions in India and the US, including St. Stephen’s College in Delhi and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts. Tharoor completed his PhD in 1978 from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Gehlot started his journey with NSUI as a student leader and gradually rose to high positions in the party. Tharoor had a long career at the United Nations before entering politics, where, in addition to the role of Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, he served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General.
Gehlot started his career with NSUI, Tharoor served in UN
Gehlot was the Rajasthan President of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) from 1974 to 1979 and the Jodhpur City Congress Committee from 1979 to 1982. He was then promoted as the General Secretary of the State Congress Committee. He was first elected to Parliament in 1980 and won the Lok Sabha elections four times. At the Centre, Gehlot served as Minister of State in the Ministries of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Sports and Textiles in various tenures between 1982 and 1993.
Gehlot has represented Sardarpura assembly constituency in Rajasthan since 1999 and won five consecutive terms. Tharoor, on the other hand, lost to Ban Ki-moon in the 2006 UN Secretary-General election and finished second. Tharoor entered politics after his retirement and was elected to Parliament in 2009.
Political experience of both the leaders
Tharoor has been a very active parliamentarian and has won three consecutive elections from Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency but has not held party organizational positions while Gehlot is a veteran leader who has also served as All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary-in-charge organization.
Gehlot is not considered to be an effective orator like Tharoor, who is known for his eloquent oratorical skills in English and is also learning Hindi. However, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan is known for his simplicity and connect with the people.
Apart from this, Gehlot is such a strong leader who has settled in politics while Tharoor is someone who has the experience of being a writer and leader as well as a former international bureaucrat.
Gehlot party line and leader of Tharoor G-23 group
Gehlot is known to be loyal to the Gandhi family and always following the party line while Tharoor prefers to speak his mind and was among the 23 leaders who called for reforms in the party in 2020. Wrote a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
While Gehlot’s popularity is more among farmers and lower income group, Tharoor’s popularity is more among middle and upper class. Gehlot is an old-fashioned politician who prefers to work in the traditional way and is a master of every fun of politics while Tharoor is inspired by innovation and unique ideas.
Tharoor is a pioneer in using social media as a tool of political conversation. He was, till 2013, India’s most followed leader on Twitter. the current prime minister that year Narendra Modi went ahead of them.
However, Tharoor has also come under criticism at times due to his comments on social media. He later had to apologize for his ‘cattle class’ remark, especially in the early days of his political debut.
Both have this talent to impress people
Gehlot has shown that he can beat his rivals with his political acumen and acumen. At the same time, Tharoor has the ability to impress with words and with his unique point of view but the winner of this interesting match will be revealed on October 19.
According to the notification issued by the Congress on Thursday, the process of filing nominations for the elections will run from September 24 to September 30. The date for scrutiny of nomination papers is October 1 while the last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 8. If needed, the polling will be held on October 17. The counting of votes will take place on October 19 and the result will be declared on the same day. More than 9000 representatives of the Pradesh Congress Committee will vote in the election.
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