Says, he is responsible for loss in LS polls and accountability is critical for party’s future growth
Rahul continues as President till new chief is appointed: Cong sources
MORE than a month after declaring his intention, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday formally resigned as Congress President, saying he is responsible for the loss in the Lok Sabha election and accountability is critical for the party’s future growth. In a four-page open letter, Gandhi urged the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to entrust a group of people with the task of finding a new President as it would not be proper for him to do so.
The 49-year-old -- who has been adamant on his decision to quit as party President since May 25, two days after the results in which his party won 52 seats -- also stressed on the need for the Congress to “radically transform itself”. Heralding what could be a new era in his party, Gandhi said it had been a honour to serve the Congress, whose values and ideals have served as the lifeblood of “this beautiful nation”. In a letter that was emotive in places and combative in others, he said he owed the country and his organisation a debt of tremendous gratitude and love.
“As President of the Congress Party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election. Accountability is critical for the future growth of our party. It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress President. “Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019. It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility as President of the party,” he said in the letter shared on his Twitter account. “To achieve this important task, the Congress Party must radically transform itself. Today the BJP is systematically crushing the voice of the Indian people. It is the duty of the Congress Party to defend these voices. India has never and will never be one voice. It is and always will be a symphony of voices. That is the true essence of Bharat Mata,” he said.
The MP from Wayanad, who lost his Amethi seat, also claimed that he did not fight a political party in the 2019 election but the entire machinery of the Indian state. “It is now crystal clear that our once cherished institutional neutrality no longer exists in India,” he said. Taking moral responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi resigned as Congress President on May 25 but the CWC rejected his resignation and authorised him to initiate changes in party to revamp and restructure it at all levels.
“Immediately after resigning, I suggested to my colleagues in Congress Working Committee that the way forward would be to entrust a group of people with the task of beginning the search for a new President. I have empowered them to do so and committed my full support to this process and a smooth transition,” he said. Rahul changes designation from Twitter profile: RAHUL Gandhi has removed 'Congress President' as his designation from his Twitter profile, barely an hour after he posted his resignation letter on the microblogging site on Wednesday. Brand new drama of grand old party, says BJP: UNION Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday termed Rahul Gandhi’s announcement of his resignation as Congress President on Twitter as a “brand new drama of the grand old party” while several of his BJP colleagues chose the occasion to highlight the difference between the two parties.
Rahul continues as President till new Chief IS appointed: Cong sources: RAHUL Gandhi continues to be Congress President till his resignation is accepted by the CWC and a new chief is appointed after due process, top Congress sources said on Wednesday. Rahul continues to be our leader: Congressmen: CONGRESS leaders on Wednesday said that even though Rahul Gandhi had resigned as the party President, he continued to be their leader and would always be the “voice of the party’s workers”. “We request him to take back his resignation because we know his struggle,” Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot said.
Vora rejects reports of his appointment as interim Congress President
SENIOR Congress leader Motilal Vora on Wednesday rejected reports of him being appointed as the interim Congress President after Rahul Gandhi resigned from the coveted party post. “I have no information regarding me being made the interim President of the party,” Vora told ANI here. He praised Rahul Gandhi’s role in the Congress and said the latter did a commendable job. “Rahul Gandhi offered to resign on May 25 in the meeting of Congress Working Committee, but the members of the CWC unanimously rejected his proposal as they knew him being the president was important for the party. The role he played in campaigning for the party was very important in all the states during Lok Sabha elections,” Vora said. He added that a meeting of the CWC would be called up soon to decide future course of action.