Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » Politics
2-min read

Adamant Rahul Sparks Resignation Spree as Congress Leaders Take 'Collective Responsibility' for Poll Debacle

Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar, party general secretary in charge of Madhya Pradesh Deepak Babaria, and Delhi Congress Working President Rajesh Lilothia were among the leaders who resigned from their posts on Friday.

News18.com

Updated:June 29, 2019, 9:15 AM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
Adamant Rahul Sparks Resignation Spree as Congress Leaders Take 'Collective Responsibility' for Poll Debacle
File photo of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)

New Delhi: After a drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress faces a leadership crisis with party chief Rahul Gandhi firm on stepping down from the post. On Friday, a number of leaders from several state units tendered their resignation, citing "collective responsibility".

Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar, party general secretary in charge of Madhya Pradesh Deepak Babaria, Delhi Congress Working President Rajesh Lilothia and Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee working president Ponnam Prabhakar resigned from their posts.

A common letter of resignation was circulated on social media with the names and signatures of certain office-bearers, including those of Haryana Mahila Congress chief Sumitra Chauhan and All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretaries Rajesh Dharmani and Virender Rathore.

However, there was no official word from the party about the letter.

“Rahul Gandhi's firm decision to not withdraw his resignation as the Congress President morally does not permit me to continue. The defeat is our collective responsibility," said Chodankar.

In his resignation letter addressed to Gandhi, Babaria said, "I believe that it is not only your responsibility but a collective responsibility of all the leaders who were in the front and who were responsible for leading the party in respective states. Therefore, I have decided to resign as general secretary, AICC, and in charge of MP."

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath earlier said he had offered to resign from the post of state Congress president after the party's debacle in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

The spate of resignations came a day after senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha stepped down from the post of chairperson of the All India Congress Committee’s legal human rights and RTI department.

In a series of tweets, Tankha had urged leaders to submit their resignations from party positions and give Rahul Gandhi "a free hand to choose his team".

The Delhi unit of the Congress on Friday also dissolved all its 280 block committees in the national capital. Former Chief Minister and Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit took the decision hours after meeting Gandhi to discuss the reasons for the rout on all seven seats in Delhi.

The party has been embroiled in a crisis since Gandhi expressed his desire to step down from his post although the Congress Working Committee (CWC), in a meeting on May 25, turned down his proposal. While several leaders have called upon Gandhi to continue as party chief, the Wayanad MP has remained firm.

Remarks by senior leader M Veerappa Moily have further added to the speculation. On Friday, Moily said there is not even one per cent possibility of Gandhi continuing as party president.

Gandhi on Thursday said he took the decision to ensure accountability for the party’s Lok Sabha poll debacle and there was no question of going back on it. “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.

But sources say Gandhi has privately expressed anger with many leaders who continue to stay on in their positions.

(With inputs from agencies)

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results