Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

India’s Rahul Gandhi calls for change as he quits as Congress leader

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted out his farewell letter and urged the party to find a new successor Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted out his farewell letter and urged the party to find a new successor
Patty Aguilar | 03 July, 2019, 19:59

Born in 1970, Gandhi is the son of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and former president of the Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi.

Venugopal, who was in Kerala, told IANS over phone: "Yes, I am aware that Rahul Gandhi has resigned. a decision on electing a new party chief will be a collective one".

Earlier in the day, Rahul stressed that he is no longer the president of the Congress, adding that the party should decide on a new chief without delay.

Rahul Gandhi has on Wednesday penned a long open letter hours after quitting as the President of the Congress party. I have already resigned.

Gandhi even lost the family seat in the constituency of Amethi, Uttar Pradesh - a Congress stronghold nearly continuously since the 1960s - which he had held since 2004.

When Sachin Tendulkar set social media ablaze with his comment about Dhoni's "lack of intent", he could well have been referring to the Congress, the political party that nominated him to the Rajya Sabha some years ago.

"As President of the Congress Party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election".

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Both men are part of the party's entrenched old guard, reflecting its inability to promote younger leaders, which some officials identified as a major reason for the 2019 general election defeat.

"We will once again request Rahul Gandhi to continue as the president of the party, whenever Congress Working Committee (CWC) holds a meeting", ANI quoted Vohra as saying.

His party could win only 52 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha, pulverized by the PM Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party's massive victory.

Sources told The Hindu that senior leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Motilal Vohra, A.K. Antony, Ahmed Patel, Anand Sharma and Mukul Wasnik, among others, are believed to have met informally to decide the next course of action, including options available in the party constitution to deal with such a situation.

The fresh drama surrounding Rahul's decision gave fodder to the BJP and its allies to take a dig at the Congress. He had always wanted someone else in that position, I can not say that his resignation was due to Congress' defeat in the recent elections.

The sense of sacrifice is reflected clearly in the last three sentences of his four-page letter: "It is a habit in India that the powerful cling to power; no one sacrifices power. I have no hatred or anger towards the BJP but every living cell in my body instinctively resists their idea of India", the letter said.

"I owe country and my organisation a debt of tremendous gratitude and love", Rahul Gandhi said in the letter.

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