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Rahul Gandhi not ready to resign, says Tarun Gogoi

Rahul Gandhi not ready to resign, says Tarun Gogoi
Tarun Gogoi (File)
GUWAHATI, MAY 30 (ANI) | Publish Date: 5/30/2019 11:05:02 AM IST

Assam’s former chief minister and Congress chief Tarun Gogoi said that the party president Rahil Gandhi is sticking to his decision to resign from the post.

While speaking to ANI, Gogoi said, “We want Rahul Gandhi to continue as Congress president. But he is insisting that he will not continue as party president anymore. All members of the working committee are unanimously saying that we will not accept Rahul’s resignation. We asked him to withdraw his resignation but he did not do it.”

“In a democracy, a strong opposition is needed. Who will become a strong opposition? There is only one party Congress and Rahul Gandhi has the capability to lead the party with his pan-India image,” he said.

The Congress leader said that Rahul has stated that he will help the next party president.

“Rahul said he will continue till next president is chosen…He said he will fight the ideological battle with Bharatiya Janata Party and (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi. He said that he will help the next Congress president,” according to Tarun Gogoi.

On May 25, Rahul had offered to step down from the post at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, taking moral responsibility for the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections.

His resignation was rejected “unanimously” by the Congress Working Committee  members who authorised him to do a complete overhaul and restructuring of the party at every level.

The Congress president, who won the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat, lost to Bharatiya Janata Party’s Smriti Irani from Amethi parliamentary constituency which was considered a stronghold of the party.

Smriti Irani had won from Amethi with over 55,000 votes, defeating Rahul Gandhi, its three-time MP. She destroyed the Congress bastion and scored one of the biggest upset of these elections. 

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