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‘Fearless’ Rahul Gandhi to remain Congress president?

Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi in the centre (Image credit Twitter)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi may have locked himself inside his house for two days as his party leaders rejected his offer to quit as party chief, after his party’s crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. (His offer came a day after the results, handing his party just 52 seats against 303 for the BJP). But within a week time, he seems to have given in to the pressure to continue.

On June 1, Rahul Gandhi tweeted that the 52 Lok Sabha members of his party would work like “a pride of brave hearted lions” to protect the Constitution and institutions. He also warned that the BJP would have no walk over in Parliament.

Earlier, Sonia Gandhi, after being elected as Congress Parliamentary Party leader, praised her son for leading a valiant election campaign in “the hardest election” amidst “unprecedented hostility” from the ruling dispensation. She also attributed the success in the 2018 assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan to the leadership of Rahul Gandhi.

Has Sonia Gandhi succeeded in prevailing upon her son to stick to the chair, against all advice by analysts, including journalists, sympathetic to the Gandhi family?

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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.