Mallikarjun Kharge: News

Mallikarjun Kharge is a senior politician from Karnataka, belonging to the Indian National Congress (INC). He is a Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, representing Karnataka, and the Leader of the Opposition of the Upper House as of 2021. He is known for winning a record 10 consecutive elections, including nine straight victories in the Karnataka Assembly polls. A graduate in law, he briefly practiced as a junior lawyer before contesting for his first Assembly election in 1972 from Gurmitkal on a Congress ticket. In 1976, he was appointed as the Minister of State for Primary Education in the Karnataka Government. During his term, he ensured that 16,000 vacant positions reserved for SC/ST teachers were filled. In 2009, Kharge won his first Lok Sabha election from Gulbarga and was appointed the Minister of Labour and Employment (2009-13). Later, during 2013-14, he served as the Minister of Railways. He was appointed the Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha in 2014, a post he presided over until 2019. Kharge suffered his first electoral defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Gulbarga.

14 Jan 2023

Congress Party

Congress MP Santokh Singh passes away during Bharat Jodo Yatra

Congress MP from Jalandhar, Punjab Chaudhary Santokh Singh passed away on Saturday during the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra (BJY) in Punjab, according to India Today.

08 Jan 2023

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh: 7 ministers take oath in first cabinet expansion 

Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu officially expanded his cabinet on Sunday.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge's 'dog remark' triggers backlash from BJP

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge's remarks that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had not lost "even a dog" for the country sparked a heated debate in Parliament.

13 Dec 2022

Rajnath Singh

LAC clash: Indian Army foiled China's landgrab attempt, says Rajnath

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday addressed the Parliament over the clash between Indian and Chinese troops near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday.

12 Dec 2022

Madhya Pradesh

MP Congress leader Raja Pateria's 'kill Modi' remark triggers row

Senior Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Raja Pateria has sparked a major row after allegedly making controversial statements against PM Narendra Modi.

Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu takes oath as 15th Himachal Pradesh CM

Former chief of Congress in Himachal Pradesh Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu was sworn in as the 15th chief minister of the Himalayan state in Shimla on Sunday.

Rahul Gandhi, other senior leaders to skip Parliament this winter

In a significant decision, the Indian National Congress (INC) has chosen to keep former President Rahul Gandhi and top leaders away from the Winter Session of Parliament so that attention is not diverted from its Bharat Jodo Yatra, NDTV reported, citing sources.

02 Dec 2022

Congress Party

Congress President Kharge likely to stay as Rajya Sabha LoP

Mallikarjun Kharge, the President of the Congress, is reportedly set to continue as the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Rajya Sabha as the grand old party is yet to decide on his replacement in the Parliament.

01 Dec 2022

Narendra Modi

Gujarat is land of Rambhakts: Modi on Kharge's 'Raavan' jibe

As the first phase of polling for Gujarat state Assembly elections is underway in 19 districts on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a campaign rally at Kalol, Gandhinagar district.

29 Nov 2022

Congress Party

Congress chief Kharge compares Modi with Raavan, BJP hits back

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for leading every election campaign of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

23 Nov 2022


Shashi Tharoor denies 'creating parallels in Congress,' calls accusations 'bizarre'

Member of Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor, on Wednesday responded to accusations of creating a parallel with the Congress party in Kerala, calling it "bizarre."

16 Nov 2022

Congress Party

Gujarat assembly polls: Shashi Tharoor not among Congress star campaigners

Congress Party is dealing a severe blow after Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor opted out of the Gujarat election campaign.

12 Nov 2022

Congress Party

Congress's 2024 poll task force to meet on Monday

In April, right before Congress's big three-day conclave in Rajasthan's Udaipur, the grand old party had announced an "Empowered Action Group" to tackle the "political challenges" before the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

National Herald case: Gandhis in trouble, ED finds 'suspicious transactions'

More trouble seems to be brewing for the Gandhis as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) investigating the National Herald case reportedly uncovered "major suspicious transactions" of the Congress-owned Young Indian (YI), News18 reported.

26 Oct 2022

Congress Party

Gandhi loyalist Mallikarjun Kharge officially takes charge as Congress president

Veteran Congressman Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday took over reins of the Congress Party as its first non-Gandhi President in over two decades.

19 Oct 2022


Meet new Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, a Gandhi family loyalist

Mallikarjun Kharge was elected as the new president of the Congress party on Wednesday in a historic election.

19 Oct 2022

Congress President

Kharge becomes first non-Gandhi Congress President in over 2 decades

Veteran leader Mallikarjun Kharge was elected as the new president of the Congress party on Wednesday, the first non-Gandhi to lead the party in 24 years.

17 Oct 2022

Congress President

It's Kharge vs Tharoor in Congress presidential election today

After the nomination phase witnessed a rollercoaster ride with a series of political dramas, over 9,000 delegates from the state units of Congress will cast their votes to elect their new president on Monday.

14 Oct 2022

Congress President

Congress presidential polls: Gehlot, Tewari extend support to Mallikarjun Kharge

Rajasthan's Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Rajya Sabha member Manish Tewari, both senior leaders of the Congress, have come out in support of Mallikarjun Kharge, the frontrunner for the party's upcoming presidential election.

12 Oct 2022

Congress President

No one's official candidate, don't compare me with Tharoor: Kharge

Congress stalwart Mallikarjun Kharge dismissed speculations about being the party's "official" candidate for the party's upcoming presidential election next week, saying that the perception of a proxy party chief endorsed by the Gandhis had been perpetuated by the media.

08 Oct 2022

Rahul Gandhi

Congress chief will not be remote controlled, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi declared on Saturday that whoever is chosen to lead the party as its new president would be free to make decisions and manage the party.

03 Oct 2022

Congress President

Open for public debate: Shashi Tharoor to Mallikarjun Kharge

As Congress stalwart Mallikarjun Kharge launched his campaign for the upcoming Congress presidential election on Sunday, his rival in the contest, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor, said he was open to a public debate.

02 Oct 2022

Shashi Tharoor

If you want change in Congress, vote for me: Tharoor

To woo voters in his favor for the upcoming Congress presidential election, party MP Shashi Tharoor said that he stands for the change that ordinary party workers want, while Mallikarjun Kharge represents the status quo.

01 Oct 2022

Shashi Tharoor

Congress president poll: Candidature of KN Tripathi from Jharkhand dismissed

The final battle for the Congress presidential elections will be between Congress veteran Mallikarjun Kharge and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor after the application of former Jharkhand minister KN Tripathi was rejected on Saturday.

Mallikarjun Kharge resigns as Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha

After filing his nomination for the presidential polls of Congress on Friday, veteran leader Mallikarjun Kharge submitted his resignation as the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Rajya Sabha on Saturday, reported India Today.

Congress president poll: It's Mallikarjun Kharge v/s Shashi Tharoor

Congress stalwart and leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor filed their nominations for the Congress presidential elections on Friday.

28 Sep 2022

Sachin Pilot

Have faith in Sonia Gandhi: Rajasthan CM Gehlot tells MLAs

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday held a crucial 'confidence building meeting' with Congress lawmakers, including ministers, at his residence urging them to have faith in Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

27 Sep 2022

Congress President

Ashok Gehlot still not out of Congress president race: Report

Despite a rebellion by 90+ MLAs loyal to him in Rajasthan, CM Ashok Gehlot has not been "kicked out" of the Congress president race, reports said.

03 Aug 2022

Sonia Gandhi

Enforcement Directorate seals National Herald office just day after raids

A day after raiding multiple locations linked to the National Herald newspaper on Tuesday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday sealed a portion of the newspaper's office.

26 Jul 2022

Delhi Police

Sonia Gandhi reaches ED office for second round of questioning

Congress President Sonia Gandhi appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday for her second round of questioning in the money laundering case involving the National Herald newspaper.

18 Jul 2022

Narendra Modi

Monsoon Session begins today: PM urges MPs for fruitful session

The Monsoon Session of Parliament began on Monday.

24 Jun 2022


Maharashtra: Shiv Sena seeks disqualification of rebel MLAs, including Shinde

In a bid to save the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra in case of a trust vote, the party faction led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray filed a petition before the Deputy Speaker seeking disqualification of rebel MLA Eknath Shinde and 11 others for "not attending" legislative party meeting on Wednesday.

02 Feb 2022


'How many of 2cr promised jobs were provided?' asks Kharge

Mallikarjun Kharge, the leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, on Wednesday, flagged the issue of unemployment in India during the Budget Session of Parliament.

09 Aug 2021

Narendra Modi

Parliament: Opposition leaders meet; key bills to be moved today

The ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament, which has been marred by Opposition protests, enters its final week today.

21 Oct 2020


After Bihar Assembly polls, major reshuffle likely in Congress

After the upcoming Assembly elections in Bihar, the Indian National Congress is reportedly expected to announce another organizational reshuffle.

12 Sep 2020


In Congress rejig, Azad gets axed, team Rahul records gains

Before she is expected to fly to the US for her annual medical check-up, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday reshuffled the party's ranks, dropping veteran leader Ghulam Nabi Azad as the General Secretary of AICC.

19 Jun 2020


BJP v/s Congress takes spotlight as Rajya Sabha voting begins

Voting for 19 Rajya Sabha seats, spread across eight states (Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Manipur, Mizoram, and Meghalaya) started today, the first major political exercise since the coronavirus pandemic shut everything in March.

13 Jun 2020


Karnataka: Deve Gowda, three others, elected to Rajya Sabha unopposed

Four politicians — JD(S) patriarch and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, Congress veteran Mallikarjun Kharge, and BJP's Eranna Kadadi and Ashok Gasti — were elected to the Rajya Sabha on Friday unopposed from Karnataka.

08 Jun 2020


At Sonia's request, Deve Gowda to contest Rajya Sabha polls

JD(S) patriarch and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda will contest the Rajya Sabha elections from Karnataka, his son HD Kumaraswamy confirmed on Monday.

31 Dec 2019


Maharashtra Cabinet expansion: Several Congress leaders upset after being ignored

Yesterday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expanded his Cabinet, more than a month after he took oath.