New Delhi: In more trouble for the crisis-hit Congress, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday publicly announced his resignation as its president, taking responsibility for the Lok Sabha polls debacle, and called for “hard decisions” to rebuild the party and making people accountable for the “failure” of 2019.
In a four-page open letter, Gandhi also urged the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to entrust a group of people with the task of finding a new president as it would not be proper for him to do so.
The 49-year-old leader –who has been adamant on his decision to quit as party president since May 25, two days after the results in which his party won 52 seats — also stressed on the need for the Congress to “radically transform itself”.
In his Twitter account, Gandhi’s designation as “President” of Congress was also changed to “Member of Congress and Member of Parliament”.
Rahul succeeded his mother Sonia Gandhi as Congress President in December 2017 and his major success at the helm of the 133-year-old party was winning the three state elections in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh in December last year.
Congress sources said Gandhi continues to be party president till his resignation is accepted by the CWC and a new chief is appointed after due process.
They also said a meeting of the CWC will be convened soon which will decide on future course of action.
The names of veteran party leaders Sushil Kumar Shinde, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ashok Gehlot are among the probables doing rounds for the position. However, there is no official confirmation about it.
Reacting to the development, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi called Gandhi’s announcement of his resignation on Twitter as a “brand new drama of the party while several of his BJP colleagues chose the occasion to highlight the difference between the two parties.