After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) landslide victory and Congress’ embarrassing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Rahul Gandhi has announced to step down from the party President’s post at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Saturday. His offer was unanimously rejected by the CWC members. According to NDTV, on Sunday, Gandhi has categorically said that the party will have to find a new chief as he won’t change his mind about stepping down from the post of the party chief. Not just Rahul Gandhi, but there a number of Congress politicians have offered to quit from their respective position after the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 results were announced.
Here’s a look at some of the Congressmen who offered resignation after Lok Sabha debacle.
Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar sent his resignation to party chief Rahul Gandhi after he lost the Lok Sabha election from Gurdaspur against BJP candidate Sunny Deol. In his letter, he took the moral responsibility for losing the seat and also mentioned that he failed to retain the seat despite the support by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
In the view of Congress’ debacle in the Lok Sabha polls, Maharashtra Congress Chief Ashok Chavan offered to quit on Saturday. The party had won only one seat in Maharashtra. Chavan was also quoted saying that office-bearers in states who performed miserably should quit paving way for a new team.
Rajasthan Agriculture Minister Lalchand Kataria on Sunday announced his resignation, because of the party’s performance in the Lok Sabha polls. According to reports, Kataria submitted his resignation to Governor Kalyan Singh through Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. In the letter, Kataria tenders his resignation owing moral responsibility for the party’s performance where it failed to win even a single seat out of the total 25 seats.
Jharkhand state Congress Committee President Ajoy Kumar today announced his resignation from his post following Congress’ debacle in the recent Lok Sabha polls. Kumar took full responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the polls in the state. In Jharkhand, out of the 14 Lok Sabha seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) Party alliance won 12 seats, while the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and the Congress won each.
Assam unit chief Ripun Bora has sent his resignation to party chief Rahul Gandhi. In his letter, he writes, “I take the moral responsibility for the dismal performance of the Congress party in the result of Lok Sabha elections under my leadership in Assam. Whatever may be the reason for this humiliating defeat of my party in Assam, my conscience does not allow me to continue as president of Assam PCC.”
Following Congress’ humiliating loss in Amethi, local district unit president Yogendra Mishra wrote to Rahul Gandhi regarding stepping down from his post. Mishra had worked closely with Sonia and Rahul since their electoral debut.
After Congress defeat in Uttar Pradesh, Raj Babbar had sent his resignation from his post to Rahul Gandhi as he took the moral defeat of Congress in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha polls.
Bhubaneswar Congress President Niranjan Patnaik resigned from the post claiming moral responsibility for the Congress’ performance in the Lok Sabha polls. While speaking to media, he said even though he had stepped down from the post, he would still work towards strengthening the party organisation in the state and youngsters should come forward to take the baton ahead.
Karnataka campaign chief HK Patil, on Friday, submitted his resignation from the post of KPCC campaign committee chairman owning up moral responsibility for the party’s defeat in the Lok Sabha polls. In his resignation letter, he writes, “As a president of the KPCC campaign committee, I had the privilege to take the polities and message of my esteemed party to the people. In view of the debacle, I feel it is my moral duty to own up responsibility. Hence, with all humility, I submit my resignation from the post.”