Rahul Gandhi receives string of resignations

A day after Congress debacle in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, party chief Rahul Gandhi started receiving number of resignation from party functionaries. Prominently, tThree senior Congress leaders from Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka have sent in their resignation to party boss Rahul Gandhi owning responsibility for the party’s poor show in the national elections.

Uttar Pradesh chief Raj Babbar was the latest resignation to be sent after the Congress won only the Rae Bareli constituency of Sonia Gandhi in the state that sends 80 lawmakers to parliament. Babbar, who contested from Fatehpur Sikri, also lost by a margin of nearly 5 lakh votes to the BJP candidate. Babbar has called the results “depressing” for the Uttar Pradesh Congress.

“I find myself guilty of not discharging my responsibility in a proper manner,” he tweeted. Later, the party’s Amethi district president Yogendra Misra also put in his papers.

HK Patil, who was tasked to oversee the Karnataka Congress campaign in December, has also quit. Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik had earlier resigned from his post after the Congress won just 9 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat. Patnaik had lost the 2 assembly seats he contested; his son also lost a Lok Sabha seat.

“I too had contested the election, party had given me a responsibility, I take the moral responsibility for this debacle and relinquish this job. I’ve communicated it to my AICC President,” Niranjan Patnaik, President, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee, said.

Amethi Congress Committee President Yogendra Mishra also wrote to party chief Rahul Gandhi and offered to resign from their respective posts. Some more offers to quit are expected to follow as well but a Congress leader said the party may not rush into accepting the resignations.

The Congress has just about 52 seats in the Lok Sabha in this round of national elections, just a shade better than its worst-performance in the 2014 elections when it ended up with just about 44 seats.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has already taken responsibility for the party’s performance in the national elections but hasn’t elaborated on the next step yet. He has reportedly sent his resignation to his mother Sonia Gandhi, who had rejected the same.  Congress Working Committee is meeting tomorrow, which may take a decision on  these resignations.

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