Rahul steps down, reminds Cong of accountability factor in ‘farewell’ letter

Rahul steps down, reminds Cong of accountability factor in ‘farewell’ letter

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New Delhi, July 3: Hours after announcing that he is no longer the Congress party president, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday wrote a 'thank you' note to party leaders and workers in an open letter and said he has resigned to own accountability for the party's defeat in the Lok Sabha election.

It is learned that senior leaders of the party is in a hurry to appoint new Congress chief and sources said Motilal Vora, senior most party leader and CWC member, is likely to be appointed the interim president.

According to party sources, the Congress is considering senior leaders and former Union Ministers Sushil Kumar Shinde or Mallikarjun Kharge to the top post.

Mr Gandhi also removed Congress president from his Twitter bio and added 'Member of the Indian National Congress' and 'Member of Parliament'.

Earlier in the day, Mr Gandhi had said that he is no longer Congress president and asked CWC to choose a new president at the earliest.

Hours after, Mr Gandhi, in a four page open letter, said that "it is an honour for me to serve the Congress Party, whose values and ideals have served as the lifeblood of our beautiful nation. I owe the country and my organisation a debt of tremendous gratitude and love".

Referring to his resignation on May 25 at CWC meeting Mr Gandhi said, "as president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election. Accountability is critical for the future growth of our party. It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress president".

Stressing the accountability factor for party's performance, Mr Gandhi said, "re-building the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be accountable for the future of 2019. It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility as president of the party."

Mr Gandhi also said that he had rejected the suggestion by party leaders that he has to nominate a new president.

"Many of the colleagues suggested that I nominate the next Congress president. While it is important for someone new to lead our party, it would not be correct for me to select that person. Ours is a party with a profound history and heritage, one of struggle and dignity that I deeply respect. It is a woven into the fabric of India and I trust the party will make the best decision regarding who can lead us with courage. Love and fidelity", he said.

Mr Gandhi also said he had empowered the CWC members to find a new chief and that he dedicated to the process and a smooth transition.

Mr Gandhi also said that he will continue to fight for the ideals of the Congress Party with all his strength and added that "I am available to the party whenever they require my services, input or advice".

Taking on RSS and the BJP, Mr Gandhi said that "the stated objectives of the RSS, the capture of our country’s institutional structure, is now complete. Our democracy has been fundamentally weakened. There is a real danger that from now on, elections will go from being a determinant of India’s future to a mere ritual".

In the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, the Congress had bagged only 52 seats against BJP's massive 303 seats.

Earlier, the CWC had rejected his resignation and asked him restructure the party, Mr Gandhi had, however, insisted that he will not continue as party president. (UNI)