Rahul Gandhi made his resignation letter public to quit the post of Congress President. In the letter, Gandhi held himself accountable for the 2019 Lok Sabha loss.
On May 25, he informed the Congress Working Committee (CWC) that he would step down as the party chief but would continue to work for the organisation as a ‘disciplined soldier’. Though the CWC unanimously turned it down, Mr Gandhi has been firm about his position and called it ‘non-negotiable’.
“Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019. It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility as President of the party,” he said in the letter.
Mr. Gandhi also rejected demands from his party colleagues that he should decide his successor and stated that the CWC was empowered to do so.
“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 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.
‘Fought a dignified election’
Commenting on the party’s 2019 campaign, he said the party had fought a strong and dignified election.
“I personally fought the Prime Minister, the RSS and the institutions they have captured with all my being. I fought because I love India. And I fought to defend the ideals India was built upon. At times, I stood completely alone and am extremely proud of it,” he stated.
Earlier, before releasing his resignation letter officially, he told reporters outside the Parliament House that he also urged the CWC should decide his replacement.
“The party should decide quickly next president without any further delay. I am nowhere in the process. I have submitted my resignation and I am no longer the president,” he said as he walked out of the Lok Sabha along with his mother and chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) Sonia Gandhi.
Mr. Gandhi was responding to queries on how long the state of confusion and ‘indecisiveness’ over leadership in the party will continue.
After releasing the letter, Mr. Gandhi thanked all the party workers for their love and support.