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Resignations continue in Congress as Rahul Gandhi ‘insists’ on quitting


Rahul Gandhi (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Apparently, no one in the Congress wants to lead the party regionally or nationally after the humiliating poll debacle in the Lok Sabha elections. Winning only 52 seats in the 543-strong parliament, the party has failed to secure enough seats to qualify for the main Opposition Party for the second consecutive time. While Rahul Gandhi is reported to have stuck to his decision of quitting as party President, various state units’ chiefs are also putting in their papers.

On Monday, three more state Congress chiefs submitted their resignations, owning responsibility for party’s poor show. Punjab unit chief Sunil Jhakar, who lost to BJP candidate, actor Sunny Deol, from Gurdaspur, Jharkhand unit chief, Ajoy Roy, and Assam unit chief Ripun Bora have  joined other Congress leaders in resigning their party posts.

So far, at least six party unit chiefs have sought to resign. They include Maharashtra unit president Ashok Chavan, Uttar Pradesh unit president Raj Babbar and Odisha unit chief Niranjan Patnaik.

Amethi district committee president Yogendra Mishra and Karnataka Congress campaign committee president HK Patil also have submitted their resignation.

In an appallingly poor performance in the April-May Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party could not win any seat in 14 states, and won just one seat each in 9 states. The party’s tally crossed double digits with 15 seats only in Kerala. It won 8 seats each in Punjab and Tamil Nadu, 3 seats each in Assam and Telangana and 2 seats each in West Bengal and Chhattisgarh.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi lost his family pocket borough Amethi to BJP’s Smriti Irani. The party is in rule in at least four major states (Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh), where its cumulative gain is a dismal 4 seats.

On the other hand, Narendra Modi led BJP registered a thumping victory with 303 seats and the ruling NDA alliance won 352 seats.

Rahul Gandhi, though, seems to be cautioning the electorate with this tweet on the occasion of the Death Anniversary of his great grandfather and India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.