Rahul Gandhi officially resigns as Congress President
New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday officially resigned as Congress President.
“ It is an honour for me to serve the Congress Party, whose values and ideals have served as the lifeblood of our beautiful nation. I owe the country and my organisation a debt of tremendous gratitude and love,” Gandhi wrote in his twitter handle what was widely seen as an open letter of resignation.
In his open letter, the 49-year-old Gandhi scion mentioned that he is responsible for his Congress’ debacle in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
“As president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election. Accountability is critical for the future growth of our party. It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress president,” he said.
The four-time Congress MP said, his fight has never been a battle for political power and he has no hatred or anger towards the BJP.
Fearing that there was a real danger that elections would become a mere ritual “from now on”, he said, “This capture of power will result in unimaginable levels of violence and pain for India. Farmers, unemployed youngsters, women, tribals, Dalits and minorities are going to suffer the most.”
The Congress leader ended with a call for his party to “radically transform” itself.
Earlier, talking to reporters outside Parliament, Rahul Gandhi said, the party’s working committee should meet immediately to decide on his successor.
Rahul Gandhi had taken over as the President of the grand old party from his mother Sonia Gandhi in 2017.
The Congress leader announced to resign as Congress president at a CWC meeting on May 25, two days after the results of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, several senior leaders requested him to change his decision but in vain.
In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress managed to win only 52 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha, while Rahul Gandhi lost to BJP leader Smriti Irani from his family bastion, Amethi parliamentary constituency. However, he won from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat with a record margin.