Rahul Gandhi indicating that he is firm on his decision to resign as party chief, holding responsibility for party’s debacle in recent Lok Sabha polls, today he asserted that he is no longer Congress party. Moreover, he said that the party’s working committee should meet immediately to decide on his successor.
He confirmation came a day after Congress ruled states chief ministers met him to request to continue as party chief. Though party CMs expressed hope Rahul would continue as party chief, he seems to be adamant to his resignation decision, conveyed at the AICC working committee meeting on May 25.
In a letter on Twitter, Gandhi said, “It is an honour for me to serve the Congress party, whose values and ideals have served as the lifeblood of our beautiful nation”. Taking responsibility for the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi said, “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.”
Few hours earlier, he told reporters in Parliament, “The party should decide on the new president quickly without further delay, I am nowhere in this process. I have already submitted my resignation and I am no longer the party president. CWC should convene a meeting at the earliest and decide.”
Gandhi had said he took the decision to ensure accountability for the party’s Lok Sabha poll debacle and there was no question of going back. “I have resigned after taking full responsibility and ensuring accountability for the party’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. I cannot ask others to resign too. It is up to them if they want to take responsibility,” he had said.