I Am No Longer Congress President: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi stepped down from his position on May 25th, 2019 after taking "moral responsibility" of the party’s poor performance at the recently declared 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Photo courtesy: Gandhi's Facebook page
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Guwahati/New Delhi, July 3, 2019

Rahul Gandhi on July 3rd, 2019 said that he is no longer the president of the Congress party as he has already resigned from his post and asserted that the Congress Working Committee (CWC) should immediately convene a meeting to look out for an appointment soon.

“I am no longer the Congress president. The CWC should hold a meeting immediately for a new Congress president,” said Rahul while speaking with the reporters at the parliament today.

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The Congress president stepped down from his position on May 25th, 2019 after taking “moral responsibility” of the party’s poor performance at the recently declared 2019 Lok Sabha elections. His resignation was, however, unanimously rejected by the CWC.

The Congress won 52 seats in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, eight more than what the party had won in the 2014 general elections. In Assam, the party surpassed the 2014 tally and registered the highest-ever tally in the state of Assam by winning nine out of the 14 seats.

Despite several requests from the party workers and leaders, he has been stern on his decision.

It may be recalled, former Chief Minister of Assam and Congress leader Tarun Gogoi on June 6th, 2019 had said that Rahul will not step back from his decision to resign from the post. “I know Rahul Gandhi well as we have been working for many years now. If he has decided to step down as the president of AICC he will surely do it. When he makes up his mind for something, there is no turning back,” Gogoi had said while addressing a press meet in Guwahati.

Meanwhile, a few party workers sat on a dharna outside the Congress headquarters urging him to continue his designation in the party.