A day after two state Congress leaders resigned from their posts in a show of solidarity with Rahul Gandhi following his decision to step down as party chief, as many as 35 office-bearers of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee put in their papers after taking moral responsibility for the Lok Sabha election debacle.
Moreover, Maharashtra Congress leader and Kisan Congress chairman Nana Patole also tendered his resignation on Saturday. Read in Malayalam
An official press release of the Congress informed that Congress’ Uttar Pradesh senior vice president Ranjit Singh Judev, general secretary Aradhna Mishra Mona, vice president RP Tripathi have submitted their resignations.
The fresh wave of resignations came a day after 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 in the first such show of solidarity with Rahul ever since he told the party about his decision to step down.
Also, Congress leader Partap Singh Bajwa resigned from the party position of vice chairman of foreign affairs department, AICC and urged party chief Gandhi to take charge once again. “One must, of course, practice what they preach. In that vein, I am tendering my resignation from the post of vice-chairman, All India Congress Committee (AICC) Foreign Affairs Department,” Bajwa was quoted as saying by PTI.
“As a senior member of the party, I take responsibility for the state we are in today, and commit myself to the deep structural changes that we are in dire need of,” said the Rajya Sabha member from Punjab.
Others who quit party posts Saturday include media coordinator Rajiv Bakshi, joint media coordinator Piyush Mishra, Onkar Nath Singh, Amarnath Agarwal and Mukesh Singh Chauhan, Priyanka Gupta and Ashok Singh. A senior Congress leader informed PTI that more resignations are likely to surface soon.
Delhi PCC’s working president Rajesh Lilothia and Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee working president Ponnam Prabhakar have also quit their party positions, as also a number of other office-bearers in various states.
At a press conference on Saturday, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said many party leaders have resigned, but the prevailing sentiment was that Gandhi should continue as the party president.
Earlier, state unit chief Raj Babbar had quit after the party could win only Rae Bareli seat in Uttar Pradesh. MP Vivek Tankha quit as the chairman of the party’s legal and human rights cell last week and urged others to do the same to give a free hand to Rahul Gandhi to restructure the party at all levels.
AICC leader Nana Patole quits as Kisan Congress chief
कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष के रूप में अपना इस्तीफा वापस ना लेने के लिए @RahulGandhi जी का दृढ़ निर्णय है।
हार हमारी सामूहिक जिम्मेदारी है,इसलिए मैं किसान कॉंग्रेस राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष पदसे इस्तीफा दे रहाओर किसान कॉंग्रेस बॉडीको बरखास्त कर रहा हूं।हम देशहित में राहुल जी,कॉंग्रेस के साथ खडे है। pic.twitter.com/CK6D139cjo
— Nana Patole (@NANA_PATOLE) June 29, 2019
“Rahul Gandhi is firm on not withdrawing his resignation as Congress president. Loss is a collective responsibility. Hence, I am resigning from the post of chairman of Kisan Congress- AICC and dismissing Kisan Congress body. We are in the interest of the nation standing with Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party,” Patole tweeted.
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