Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rahul Gandhi officially resigns as Congress president

Rahul Gandhi officially resigns as Congress president

Another senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada said that whatever Rahul Gandhi has written in his resignation letter about the weaknesses of the party should be addressed in order to build a bright future for Congress. "I have empowered them to do so and committed my full support to this process and a smooth transition", he said.

Following Mr Gandhi's letter, speculation mounted over who would next lead the Congress party.

Despite the defeats, Congress officials said they want Gandhi to stay because they fear the party may splinter without him.

For the third time since the party began operations, a non-Gandhi may take charge of India's grand old party that has mostly been headed by members of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.

Party insiders believe that though Mr. Rahul Gandhi made it clear that he would not involve himself in the selection of his successor, the family will certainly have a large say as his mother, Sonia Gandhi, heads the Congress Parliamentary Party and his sister, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, is a general secretary in the CWC.

Under Congress' constitution, the senior-most general secretary of the party would take over as interim president, which now would put Motilal Vora, 90, in the top job.

Rahul Gandhi resigned as the leader of the Indian National Congress on Wednesday, citing his failure to win the 2019 general election.

His advice to the Congress Working Committee is to set up a group of persons who will be entrusted with the responsibility to search for a new President. The Congress suffered a humiliating defeat in 2014 and again this year under his leadership.

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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said party leaders should rededicate themselves to the values and principles of the party and the Indian Constitution.

He maintained that his fight has never been a simple battle for political power.

In his letter, RaGa added that "every cell in his body" is opposed to the idea of India that the BJP espouses.

He also called the impartiality of the election into question, saying that "we didn't fight a political party. we fought the entire machinery of the Indian state". He claimed that RSS's takeover of institutions is complete and democracy has been "fundamentally weakened". "There is a real danger that from now on (that) elections will go from being a determinant of India's future to a mere ritual".

He pointed towards the need for neutrality and independence of institutions - the press, the judiciary and the Election Commission (EC) - for the conduct of free and fair elections.

"This capture of power will result in unimaginable levels of violence and pain for India". In his letter, Rahul Gandhi wrote, "It is a habit in India that the powerful cling to power, no one sacrifices power".

"He has, in a way, taken the sting out of the BJP criticism of the Congress party". Nor can an election be free if one party has a complete monopoly on financial resources.

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