Rahul Gandhi to Cast Vote; AICC Instructs Electors to Put Tick

New Delhi: Congress General Secretary in-charge of Communications Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said that Rahul Gandhi, who is currently leading the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Karnataka, will cast his vote for the party’s Presidential election at the Yatra’s campsite in Sanganakallu.

After the Shashi Tharoor’s team flagged its concern with the AICC central election authority chairman regarding marking “1” against the name of their choice on the ballot paper, the AICC election chief Mistry instructed voters to put a tick mark in the box in front of the candidate whom they wish to vote for, adding that putting any other symbol or writing a number would make the vote invalid, the message being sent to the delegates from Misty’s office said.

The party chief said it is in the party’s constitution for writing ‘1’ in front of preferred choice, however, Tharoor’s team pointed out that it was only meant for cases when there are two or more candidates.

The controversy aroused after Mistry’ instructions as the Tharoor side stated Mallikarjun Kharge’s name appears with serial number ‘1’, Tharoor’s appears with serial number ‘2’. However, after the issue was flagged by Tharoor’s team that it may confuse voters, AICC chairman Mistry has now approved that a tick would be accepted instead of the number “1”.

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