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Cong crisis deepens as Rahul insists on quitting
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Cong crisis deepens as Rahul insists on quitting

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New Delhi, May 28: Crisis mounted in the Congress party after Rahul Gandhi insisted that he will step down as the party president taking moral responsibility over the disastrous show in the Lok Sabha polls. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and other key leaders met the Congress chief here on Tuesday.

The meeting was held amid the reports that party's highest decision making body, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) may be called again within next 3-4 days. The CWC met on Saturday in Delhi and rejected Gandhi's offer to quit and had authorised him to take all necessary drastic steps to restructure the party.

The meeting at the Congress president's Tughlaq Road residence was also attended by Rajasthan deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, AICC communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala and party's organisational general secretary KC Venugopal.

It is learnt that the duo from Rajasthan had called on Gandhi as discontent spread among the party leadership and some ministers have resigned citing 'moral responsibility' for the rout.

Senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Sonia Gandhi's trusted aide and Venugopal had, on Monday met Gandhi. Patel later tweeted that the meeting was for 'routine administrative work'.

Meanwhile, former Assam Chief Minister and CWC member Tarun Gogoi confirmed that Gandhi was 'extremely upset with some senior leaders’.

More than the central level, the crisis for Congress seems to be deepening in states as so far six Pradesh Congress chiefs have put in their papers taking the moral responsibility for the party's poor show.

Among those, who resigned are state unit presidents of UP (Raj Babbar), Punjab (Sunil Jakhar), Assam (Ripun Bora), Jharkhand (Ajoy Roy), Odisha (Niranjan Patnaik) and Maharashtra (Ashok Chavan).

In Karnataka, campaign committee chairman HK Patil and Yogendra Mishra, president of District Congress Committee- Amethi, where Gandhi suffered setback, also have tendered their resignations.

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