Mass Resignation in Congress: Leaders give Rahul Gandhi ‘free-hand’ to restructure party; ask to continue with Top post

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Mass resignation hit Congress on Friday after party Senior Leader Vivek Tankha resigned as the chairman of the party’s legal and human rights cell. He also urged others to follow him to give Rahul Gandhi to restructure the party at all levels.

Among those who step down from the post include, DPCC Working President Rajesh Lilothia, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee working president Ponnam Prabhakar, Haryana Mahila Congress chief Sumitra Chauhan, All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretaries Rajesh Dharmani and Virender Rathore, among others.

A common letter of resignation was being circulated on social media with the list of names and signatures of certain party leaders who quitted on Friday.  However, there was no official word from the party about the letter.

Reportedly, Congressmen tender their resignation in a bid to give a free hand to Rahul Gandhi to make organizational changes and continue to lead the party.

It was started with the resignation of Vivek Tankha who steps down from the top post of Law and RTI cell. Soon after that, other Congress Leaders from other states also resigned following the same.

In a tweet on Thursday, Tankha said, ‘We all should submit our resignations for party positions & give Rahul ji a free hand to choose his team. I welcome Mr Kamalnath’s statement to that effect. I unequivocally submit my resignation as AICC Dept chairman Law, RTI & HR. Party cannot afford a stalemate for too long’.

He added, ‘Rahul Ji please make drastic changes to revive the party as a fighting force. U have the commitment & determination. Just cobble a good acceptable & influential nationwide team. I am with you u in all situations’.

As reported by IANS, others who tendered the resignation include Haryana Women Congress chief Sumitra Chouhan, General Secretary Netta P Sangma of Meghalaya, Secretary Virender Rathore,  Madhya Pradesh In-charge Dipak Babaria, Goa unit chief Girish Chodankar, Chhattisgarh Secretary Anil Chaudhary, Madhya Pradesh Secretary Sudhir Chaudhary, and Haryana Secretary Satyavir Yadav.

In the last month concluded national polls, the Congress put a flop show and won 52 seats, which is only 8 more than it got in 2014 national polls. It has also lost some of its strongholds across the country including Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and Jyotiraditya Scindia‘s Guna in Madhya Pradesh.

Rahul Gandhi, soon after the poll outcome, had on May 25 offered to step down from his post at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting. Reportedly despite the CWC rejected his resignation, now an MP from Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi is said to be unfazed and don’t want to continue as party president.

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