New Delhi: Ending days of speculation over the role of President of the Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi today officially resigned from the post and asked the party to choose a new leader immediately.
Rahul, who tendered his resigned from the party on May 25th at the CWC meeting after the election debacle, cleared the air through a tweet in which he included his four page resignation letter.
In the open letter, Rahul said, as the Congress party chief, he is responsible for the loss of the 2019 election and which is why he resigned from the post.
He took the moral responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections on to him and said “It is an honour for me to serve the Congress Party, whose values and ideals have served as the lifeblood of our beautiful nation.”
He further added in the open letter, “Accountability is critical for the future growth of our party. It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress President,”.
Gandhi said the decision was necessary to rebuild the party and numerous people would have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019. “It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility as President of the party,” said Rahul.
Further, Rahul said while it was important for someone new to lead the party, it would not be correct for him to select the person. He also asked the Congress Working Committee to entrust a group of people the task of beginning the search for a new chief.
Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party, Rahul alleged that the Congress fought the 2019 election against the “entire machinery of the Indian state”.
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
“We didn’t fight a political party in the 2019 election. Rather, we fought the entire machinery of the Indian state, every institution of which was marshaled against the opposition. It is crystal clear that our once cherished institutional neutrality no longer exists in India,” he wrote in the open letter.
He was also critical of the Sangh Ideologue and said “The stated objectives of the RSS, the capture of our country’s institutional structure, is now complete. Our democracy has been fundamentally weakened. There is a real danger that from now on, elections will go from being a determinant of India’s future to a mere ritual,” he added.
Meanwhile, Congress Party’s senior most General Secretary Motilal Vora, is ikely to be the interim President. The Congress constitution says that the party’s senior most general secretary will take over as its interim chief in case of a resignation by the incumbent. Motilal Vohra is currently the Congress’s general secretary in-charge of administration.