New Delhi, Jun 28: As Rahul Gandhi stressed that he will not continue in the post of Congress president after taking accountability of the Lok Sabha polls debacle, party's Rajya Sabha MP and party's head of the Legal, Human Rights and RTI cells head Vivek Tankha has resigned from all posts, giving Mr Gandhi 'a free hand' to constitute his new team.
In a tweet posted on Thursday night, Mr Tankha said the "party cannot afford a stalemate for too long" and that he is quitting.
"We all should submit our resignations from party positions and give Rahul-ji a free hand to choose his team. I welcome Mr Kamal Nath's statement to that effect. I unequivocally submit my resignation as AICC department chairman Law, RTI and HR", he tweeted.
"Rahul-ji please make drastic changes to revive the party as a fighting force. You have the commitment and determination. Just cobble a good, acceptable and influential nation-wide team. I am with you in all situations," Mr Tankha added.
Mr Tankha's resignation came after Mr Gandhi reportedly said in the meeting of Congress Lok Sabha MPs that he will not take back his resignation and the party's highest decision making body, the Congress Working Committee (CWC), is free to choose a new president.
It is learned that Mr Gandhi also said that he is taking full responsibility of the rout in Lok Sabha polls and that his resignation is to ensure accountability for the defeat.
"I cannot ask others to follow the same, it is up to them whether they have to take responsibility", Mr Gandhi had reportedly said in a meeting with leaders from Haryana unit on Thursday.
Despite the Congress and non-BJP leaders requesting him to continue in the post of party president, Mr Gandhi has rejected all the demands. (UNI)