Rahul Gandhi says he is no longer Congress chief, urges CWC to elect successor
The party’s top leadership is likely to call a CWC meet by next week to decide on the next course of action
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has in effect officially turned down CWC’s earlier rejection of his resignation
NEW DELHI : Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said he is no longer the president of the Congress and urged the party’s highest decision-making body, the Congress working committee (CWC), to decide on his successor without delay, leaving the large but emasculated Opposition party mulling its options at a historic crossroads.
“Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will 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," he wrote in the letter.
The chief ministers of Congress-ruled states last week offered to resign to highlight the collective responsibility for the party’s performance.
“I personally fought the Prime Minister, the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh) and the institutions they have captured with all my being...At times, I stood completely alone and am extremely proud of it," he said.
Gandhi’s letter, which comes 40 days after he submitted his resignation, is significant. He has in effect officially turned down the CWC’s rejection of his resignation. The CWC may now choose to amend its earlier resolution to accept his resignation, according to party leaders.
The leadership crisis in the party comes not just against the backdrop of a humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections but also ahead of key assembly elections in Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and possibly Jammu and Kashmir. The Congress is out of power in all the four states and, with the exception of Haryana, will rely on alliances with key regional parties to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance.
“In my opinion, Rahul Gandhi has done the right thing by stepping down as he has thrown a challenge to his party leaders to find a successor. It is the senior leadership that has let down the party," said N. Bhaskara Rao, a New Delhi-based political analyst.
“He announced his decision nearly six weeks ago. What was the CWC doing till now and why is it that at a crucial time like this things have been delayed? The party has to rise to this challenge," he said.
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