Offered to resign as Congress chief | Congress Working Committee will take the final call
Congress President Rahul Gandhi not only publicly conceded defeat but has reportedly turned in his resignation from the leadership position in congress.
In the wake of humiliating election defeat as BJP returns to power with majority, Rahul Gandhi’s political star is at an all-time low. A personal blow because of the impending loss to Smriti Irani in Amethi has prompted Rahul to rethink his political career.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi accepted defeat on behalf of Congress and personally to Irani in Amethi in a press conference in New Delhi.
Rahul also offered to resign as party President taking the blame for the humiliation suffered by Congress in successive underwhelming performances in Lok Sabha Elections 2014 and 2019.
Rahul congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party for attaining a clear majority to remain in power in 2019.
Rahul Gandhi declined to comment on what went wrong and told Congress party workers to not feel dejected from the loss.
Concluding his address, Rahul Gandhi wished PM Modi all the best and said that he hoped the PM looks after the interests of the nation.
Is the Rahul-era over for Congress?
The Indian National Congress, once a titan hard to challenge, has stumbled and diminished under Rahul’s leadership in the last decade. The party has now faced two straight humiliating defeats to Modi-led BJP in general elections, arguable the lowest point in party’s performances since election.
Rahul’s image which has been unable to inspire confidence in voters has been damaging for Congress’ hopes of coming to power.
Unable to improve the party’s fortunes for the second consecutive time, Rahul has himself offered to walk away from leadership. However, Sonia Gandhi has reportedly refused to accept the resignation. Congress working committee will take the final call on the decision.