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Rahul Gandhi formally resigns; Who will be New Congress President?

Rahul Gandhi formally resigns; Who will be New Congress President?: The AICC President Rahul Gandhi formally resigned as the party president on Wednesday and announced his decision on Twitter by posting a 4-page letter on Twitter while asking the party’s working committee to choose his successor. While the decision has drawn emotional reactions from politicians across party lines, Rahul Gandhi said he has already resigned and the Congress Working Committee (CWC) should make the appointment soon.Who will be Congress President

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Only few have the courage to do what you have done, says Priyanka on Rahul’s resignation
  • Priyanka Gandhi says she has deepest respect for Rahul’s decision
  • Rahul Gandhi formally resigned as Congress chief on Wednesday, taking responsibility for Lok Sabha polls debacle

Now the party’s state leaders are on their own without any organisational strategy for the upcoming Vidhan Sabha Polls. Three meetings have already held in the last one month between the party high-command and the state unit but had yielded no results.

According to the Congress, Rahul will be continuing as the party president until his resignation is accepted by the CWC and a new chief is appointed after due process. Mixing speculations are going on that Motilal Vora, the most senior AICC general secretary, would be taking over as interim president.

Meanwhile, many leaders name are doing rounds as the successor to  Rahul Gandhi starting from Dalit leaders like Sushil Kumar Shinde, Mallikarjun Kharge and Mukul Wasnik to heartland OBC and upper caste faces like Ashok Gehlot and Anand Sharma and young guns like Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia. But all indications are that the party is groping in the dark to find a viable alternative arrangement.

However, according to the party leaders, the first step would be to summon a meeting of the CWC. Meanwhile, Rahul is travelling to Bhiwandi on Thursday to appear in a court in a defamation case.

The Congress constitution state: “In the event of any emergency by reason of any cause such as the death or resignation of the President elected as above, the senior-most General Secretary will discharge the routine functions of the President until the Working Committee appoints a provisional President pending the election of a regular President by the AICC.”

Rahul’s open letter itself has given some indication of his mind and the road ahead. In his four-page letter, he underlines that the party needs to take “hard decisions” and that “numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019.” He also pointed out that “the powerful cling to power, no one sacrifices power”.

Taking moral responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi resigned as Congress president at a CWC meeting on May 25, two days after the results were declared. Over a month later on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi formally announced the decision.