Congress president Rahul Gandhi is said to be adamant in quitting party post, holding responsibility to the recent debacle of the party in Lok Sabha polls. Though almost all the leaders rejected his offer and asked him to continue leading the party, he is not ready to go back on this decision.
He has conveyed his firm decision on it again today in a meeting with senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal. He has categorically stated that the Grand Old Party will have to find a new face to lead it. Gandhi said he won’t change his mind about quitting as the party chief.
The Congress chief refused to meet the newly-elected MPs who called on him. Gandhi, who has decided to step down from his post after the poll drubbing of Congress, has also cancelled all his meetings and appointments.
In a tweet on Monday, he paid tribute to first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru, who is also his great-grandfather, to mark his death anniversary.
On Saturday, Gandhi had offered to resign from his post at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, but his proposal was rejected unanimously by the CWC members who asked him to continue amid challenging conditions.
Addressing a press conference after the CWC meet at the party headquarters, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had said: “Rahul Gandhi offered to resign during the CWC meeting but the members of the committee in unison asked him to lead the party in the challenging conditions.”
The Congress chief has fought for the cause of the poor, the downtrodden, the farmers and the youth, Surjewala added.