Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday confirmed that he was no longer the party president and said that the Congress must decide on his successor soon.
“The party should decide on the new president quickly without further delay, I’m nowhere in this process. I have already submitted my resignation and I am no longer the party president. The Congress Working Committee should convene a meeting at the earliest and decide,” Gandhi was quoted by ANI.
Rahul Gandhi: Party should decide on the new president quickly without further delay, I’m nowhere in this process. I have already submitted my resignation and I am no longer the party president. CWC should convene a meeting at the earliest and decide. pic.twitter.com/pvImuPq2rj
— ANI (@ANI) July 3, 2019
Gandhi added, “As president of the Congress party, I’m responsible for the loss of the 2019 elections, accountability is critical for the future growth of our party. It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress president.”
He continued in the four-page letter that he shared on Twitter, “My fight has never been a simple battle for political power. I have no hatred or anger towards the BJP but every living cell in my body instinctively resists their idea of India. The resistance arises because my being in permeated with an Indian idea that is and has always been in direct conflict with others.”
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.
Jai Hind 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/WWGYt5YG4V
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 3, 2019
Gandhi had resigned from his post in the wake of the party’s humiliating defeat in this year’s Lok Sabha polls. Many Congress office-bearers in different states had submitted their resignations in protest against Gandhi’s decision to step down as the party president.
Gandhi had also suffered a defeat in his bastion Amethi at the hands of the BJP’s Smriti Irani. He had got himself elected from Wayanad in Kerala, which he had chosen as the second seat.
His party had just won 562 seats in this year’s parliamentary polls, just eight more than what it won five years ago.