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Congress’ resignation spree continues, Scindia, Deora quit party posts

Scindia's resignation comes after party leader Rahul Gandhi formally resigned as Congress president this week, taking responsibility of the party's debacle in the elections.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2019 9:54:23 pm
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Jyotiraditya Scindia has tendered his resignation as the General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) over the drubbing of the grand old party in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. Speaking to ANI, Scindia said he had submitted his resignation to Congress President Rahul Gandhi 8-10 days ago.

“Accepting the people’s verdict and taking accountability, I had submitted my resignation as General Secretary of AICC to Rahul Gandhi. I thank him for entrusting me with this responsibility and for giving me the opportunity to serve our party,” Scindia said.

Asserting that with responsibility there should be accountability as well, Scindia said, “I am not a leader who gives orders to others. Even I am responsible if performance isn’t good and therefore, I took the decision to resign.”

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Scindia, entrusted with the responsibility to revive the Congress party in West Uttar Pradesh, himself lost from the Congress bastion of Guna in Madhya Pradesh to BJP’s Krishna Pal Yadav in the Lok Sabha Elections. He had led the party to victory in the state’s Assembly Elections in December last year.

Milind Deora resigns as Mumbai Congress chief

Earlier today, Congress’ Mumbai president Milind Deora also resigned from the post, saying he was looking forward to playing a role at the national level to help stabilise the party. Deora had contested the Lok Sabha seats from Mumbai-South constituency, losing to Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant.

Expressing his disapproval with Deora seeking a role at the national level, party leader Sanjay Nirupam asked if the former’s resignation was a way to climb up the ladder.

Taking to Twitter, Nirupam said, “Resignations have the spirit of sacrifice in them. Here, national level post is being sought. Is this a resignation or a way to climb up the ladder? Party should be cautious of these ‘hard working’ people.”

Deora also recommended setting up a provisional collective leadership consisting of three senior Congress leaders to oversee the party unit until Maharashtra assembly polls, which are due later this year.

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Deora, who was appointed as Mumbai party chief on the eve of Lok Sabha polls amid infighting within the unit, further said, “I had accepted MRCC presidentship in the interest of uniting the party. I felt I should also resign after meeting Rahul Gandhi.”

Rahul Gandhi takes responsibility for poll debacle

The latest spate of resignations comes after party leader Rahul Gandhi formally resigned as Congress president this week, taking responsibility of the party’s debacle in the elections.

Holding accountability critical for the future growth of the party, Gandhi, in a four-page open letter, had said rebuilding the party required hard decisions and numerous people would have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019.

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Rahul is said to be upset that none of those state leaders and in charges under whose watch the party fared badly have owned up responsibility and resigned — even after he decided to step down on the principle of accountability.

Resignation spree in Congress

The crisis in the Congress triggered by Rahul Gandhi’s decision to step down as party president has deepened and revived the young versus old faultlines in the party after several young office-bearers of the party and its frontal outfits resigned.

At least one AICC general secretary, Madhya Pradesh in-charge Deepak Babaria, and one state Congress president, Goa’s Girish Chodankar, resigned hours after some 300 young leaders — most of them in their 40s — converged at the AICC headquarters last month.

Maharashtra Congress leader and Kisan Congress chairman Nana Patole has also tendered his resignation.

The Congress could win only 52 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, only 6 more than its 2014 tally, while the BJP single-handedly won 303 seats, staking claim to form the government for a second consecutive term. With Gandhi stepping down, Congress is facing a crisis unparalleled in its recent history, with several leaders now calling for mass resignations.

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