Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee’s (UPCC) office-bearers resigned from their posts adding to the series of resignations in the Congress following the party’s Lok Sabha election catastrophe.
Congress leader in Legislative Council Deepak Singh, the state unit’s senior vice-president Ranjit Singh Judev, general secretary Aradhna Mishra Mona, vice-president RP Tripathi and many others have resigned taking moral responsibility for the Congress’s defeat, an official release of the party said.
MEMBERS WHO QUIT PARTY POSTS
Among the members who quit party posts were media coordinator Rajiv Bakshi, joint media coordinator Piyush Mishra, Onkar Nath SIngh, Amarnath Agarwal and Mukesh Singh Chauhan, Priyanka Gupta and Ashok Singh.
“As you [Rahul Gandhi] are adamant on your resignation, there is no point in my continuing in the post. I resign as party leader in legislative council and as state general secretary,” Deepak Singh said in a statement.
“I request you to withdraw your resignation otherwise we will be forced to take a bigger step,” Deepak Singh added.
MORE RESIGNATIONS LIKELY IN PARTY STATE UNIT: A SENIOR PARTY LEADER
The UPCC has nearly 100 members. The members who have resigned include Satish Ajmani, Shyam Kishore Shukla, Hanuman Tripathi, spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi, Shiv Pandey, Pankaj Tiwari and Manju Dixit.
After Congress President Rahul Gandhi announced his decision to quit in the wake of the party’s dismal performance in Lok Sabha polls, many leaders of state units have followed suit.
Rahul Gandhi has reiterated that there is no going back on his decision, despite requests by leaders from his party and outside to continue in the post.
Earlier, state unit chief Raj Babbar had quit after the party could win only Rae Bareli seat in Uttar Pradesh and even lost its traditional stronghold of Amethi.
Party MP Vivek Tankha quit as the chairman of the party’s legal and human rights cell on Thursday and urged others to do the same to give a free hand to Rahul Gandhi to restructure the party at all levels.
Party general secretary in-charge of Madhya Pradesh Dipak Babaria, Goa unit chief Girish Chodankar, Delhi PCC’s working president Rajesh Lilothia and Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee working president Ponnam Prabhakar have quit, as also a number of other office-bearers in various states.
PARTY WANTS RAHUL GANDHI TO CONTINUE AS PRESIDENT: CONGRESS
Amid a spate of resignations by Congress office-bearers, the party said Saturday that the entire organisation, in one voice, wants its president Rahul Gandhi to continue in the post.
The Congress also mocked Home Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah after he blamed first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the problems in Jammu and Kashmir, saying he draws his knowledge of history from WhatsApp and that the opposition party can send him history books.
At a press conference, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said many party leaders have resigned, but the prevailing sentiment is that Rahul Gandhi should continue as the party president.
Pawan Khera parried queries about why several senior party leaders had not quit their position, insisting that “people have different ways of expressing their request” which is that, he added, Rahul Gandhi should remain the Congress chief.
Pawan Khera noted that the Congress Working Committee, the party’s apex body, had also passed a resolution, urging Rahul Gandhi to remain at the helm.