New Delhi: Since the day the news of the defeat of Congress in the Lok Sabha election was out, resignation offers from party leaders have crossed a dozen. First, Congress president Rahul Gandhi offered to resign and now those in charge of States are offering resignations one by one.
Veteran leaders from Assam to Punjab, from Madhya Pradesh to Rajasthan have resigned from their respective posts, pending acceptance by the high command. So far, 13 senior leaders from different States have sent their resignation to the Congress president.
While the Congress is silent on Gandhi’s offer of resignation, according to some reports, Rahul is insistent on his resignation. He has gone to the extent of telling the rest of Congress leadership to form a two-member committee to look for his replacement.
13 Congress leaders who have offered to resign
Ashok Chavan, in-charge of the party in Maharashtra, had resigned the day after the Lok Sabha election results.
Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, Jharkhand Congress head Ajay Kumar and Assam Congress president Ripun Bora sent their resignations to the Congress president on Monday. Odisha Congress President Niranjan Patnaik has resigned, too.
Jakhar had won the Gurdaspur by-election after the death of Vinod Khanna but he could not retain the seat while fighting BJP’s Sunny Deol.
Earlier, Raj Babbar and Kamal Nath had accepted their “moral responsibility” for the Congress’s poll debacle and resigned.
Congress in state of churning
On Monday, senior Congress leaders KC Venugopal and Ahmed Patel met with Rahul Gandhi. The Congress president may meet Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot soon. After winning the Assembly election a few months ago, the Congress could not get a single seat from the State.
Rahul’s discusses state of party with Sonia, Priyanka
Sources say that Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra have met with Rahul Gandhi on the issue of his resignation. They reportedly discussed the party’s strategy for the future. In the coming days, there may be major changes in the organisation. Some heads among the top rung leaders in the Congress will roll.
Punjab Congress chief’s sentimental message
Punjab Congress president Jakhar, who lost the Lok Sabha elections to actor-turned-BJP candidate Sunny Deol in Gurdaspur, has sent his resignation to Gandhi. In the resignation letter, he took the moral responsibility of losing his seat and not maintaining the party’s outstanding performance seen during the Assembly election of the State.
In his letter, Jakhar said that he could not retain even his seat after getting full support from Congress president, general secretary Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Jakhar had got more than 77,000 votes.
The Congress won eight out of 13 seats in Punjab. The Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP have two seats, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has won one seat.