The crisis within the Congress deepened on Sunday as Jyotiraditya Scindia, general secretary in charge of western Uttar Pradesh, and Murli Deora, Mumbai party chief, announced their resignations from respective posts.
The announcements add to the woes of the Congress, which is battling uncertainty on the course of action after Rahul Gandhi tendered his resignation from the post of party president.
Several party leaders have resigned in the past two weeks after Gandhi tendered his resignation but the latest resignations have come as a jolt for the party.
Deora’s resignation comes just months ahead of the crucial Maharashtra elections slated for later this year. Scindia is a senior general secretary of the party and member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the top decision-making body of the party.
“Accepting the people’s verdict and taking accountability, I had submitted my resignation as General Secretary of AICC to Shri @RahulGandhi. I thank him for entrusting me with this responsibility and for giving me the opportunity to serve our party," Scindia wrote on Twitter on Sunday evening.
Last week, Gandhi said that he would no longer serve as the party president and the CWC should decide on his successor without delay.
Sunday’s high-profile resignations come against the backdrop of a CWC meeting that is expected to happen later this week and is likely to give more clarity on the next step for the party. Gandhi had resigned taking accountability of a humiliating defeat in the just-concluded national elections.
Deora while announcing his resignation said that he was looking forward to play a role at the national level to help stabilize the party. “We all will have to get ready for roles that these times demand," he told Press Trust of India adding that political realities have changed since the national elections.
Both Scindia and Deora have served as Union ministers in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. Scindia was made in charge of western Uttar Pradesh just months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, while Deora was handpicked by Rahul Gandhi to lead the Mumbai unit just weeks before the polling.
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