Ballari: Former AICC President Rahul Gandhi on Monday cast his vote for the Congress presidential election at the Bharat Jodo Yatra campsite in Sanganakallu near here.
One of the poll contestants, Mallikarjun Kharge cast his vote in Bengaluru.
Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh hailed the polls as historic. “The Congress presidential polls are free, fair and transparent,,” he said.
Earlier, he had said the Congress is the only party that holds elections for the post of party president and the only one to have a TN Seshan-like central election authority chairman in Madhusudan Mistry.
Ramesh also said it is the sixth occasion in the 137-year-old history of the Congress that an election contest for the post of president is taking place.
Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar said it is a historic day for the Congress party. As many as 490 people are voting here, he added.
The polling started around 10 am and will end at 4 pm.
The results are likely to be declared on October 19.
Kharge and Shashi Tharoor are the two candidates in the fray. They have been vigorously campaigning across India.
Political pundits have already anointed Kharge as the most probable candidate to win the presidential polls, considering Tharoor’s allegations that the contest was not a level-playing field in accessing the delegates.
He pointed out that several PCC chiefs and senior leaders were not available for a meeting with him during his visits to their respective states, but they welcomed Kharge and showed their support when he visited them.