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Rahul Gandhi may quit as party chief

  • Published at 07:39 pm May 24th, 2019
Rahul Gandhi, president of India's main opposition Congress party, addresses a news conference in New Delhi, India, May 23, 2019 Reuters

Some of the Congress leaders are already sending in their resignations

After a humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, top Congress leaders will deliberate on party losses at a meeting of Congress working committee (CWC) slated on Saturday in which party chief Rahul Gandhi is likely to offer his resignation, reports The Economic Times India.

Murmurs have already started within the party over taking responsibility for the poor performance of the Congress across the country, with some of its leaders already sending in their resignations. 

Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar and Odisha Congress president Niranjan Patnaik announced their resignations from the post in the wake of the party's electoral debacle in their respective states. 

According to sources, the party has convened a meeting of the Congress Working Committee, its highest decision making body, at 11am on Saturday. 

Rahul Gandhi is likely to offer his resignation at the meet, party sources said. 

The top Congress leadership will deliberate on the reasons for the loss and assess them. The party suffered a loss for the second time in a row at the hands of the Narendra Modi led BJP. 

Top party leaders, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, are expected to attend the meeting. 

Congress was able to win just 95 seats (including seats won by allies) as compared to NDA's 352 (BJP won almost 300 on its own) in the just concluded 2019 general elections.

He is the primary heir to the ultimate political dynasty. His great-grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, was the first and longest-serving prime minister of India. His grandmother, Indira Gandhi, was the first female prime minister of the country, and his father was India's youngest prime minister.

The stepping aside of the Gandhi family from the leadership role in the Congress following its debacle in the Lok Sabha elections is not a solution, a senior party leader said Friday, hinting that other leaders may not be able to hold the party together.

‘Gandhi family alone can keep party intact’

Four-time MLA Marri Shashidhar Reddy said the Gandhi family has been the "binding force" for the party, keeping it intact, amid critics calling for its members to make way for others to lead after the crushing defeat, reports NDTV.

"So, that [Gandhi family members resigning from posts] is not something which provides a solution," Mr Reddy, also former vice-chairman of National Disaster Management Authority, told PTI.

"The Gandhi family is not just individuals. The family has been the binding factor, it evolved like this over the decades, and in between we had breaks [without Gandhi family members at the helm], the results have not been good," he said.

"Now also [in Lok Sabha elections], expectations have been belied, things this time did not work out but it cannot said that somebody else would have done a better job", the son of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister M Channa Reddy said.

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