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Congress in turmoil: RaGa adamant to step down, bigwigs make all-out bid to placate him

With the popularity of Prime Minister Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party skyrocketing, and Congress party not doing their cause any good by adding only 8 seats to their lowest ever tally in 2014, One can be forgiven to question the Congress top leadership.

Sidhant Mamtany Written by: Sidhant Mamtany @SidMamtany New Delhi Updated on: May 28, 2019 23:47 IST
Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Dr Manmohan Singh
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Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Dr Manmohan Singh

The Congress president looks to have made up his mind on quitting from the party top post despite senior leaders trying to reason with him.

Rahul Gandhi, after the May 23 debacle, is not looking to deflect the blame on to anyone. Or so it seems.

The Congress President addressed the media on the day of the results congratulating Prime Minister Modi on his victory and conceding the defeat of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

The word was out soon about the CWC meeting the next day where major changes were expected. The most high-profile change being Party Prez himself stepping down.

However, the next day panned out much on the expected lines when Rahul Gandhi did offer to resign only to be convinced by the rest of the Congress Working Committee to carry on. To some people’s surprise, the CWC also passed a resolution to give RaGa the complete power to restructure the Congress Party on the lines that he deems fit.

Since then a lot has been spoken around the political landscape surrounding Congress (or the lack of it considering they only have 52 elected MP’s amongst them). But the one clear indication coming out is that Rahul Gandhi doesn’t want to continue as the Congress chief.

Some reports suggest to the extent that he doesn’t want a Gandhi at the helm of Congress and that he feels that the Congress party needs a Non-Gandhi in charge to revive them to their former glories.

As noble as that thought might be, the top Congress leaders for some reason don’t want that to happen.

From Shashi Tharoor to A K Antony everyone seems to be hell-bent on convincing Rahul Gandhi to stay as the president.

DMK Chief M K Stalin has requested Rahul Gandhi not to quit because the Congress might have lost the elections but Rahul had won the ‘hearts of the people’.

M Verrappa Moily, another senior Congress leader said that Rahul Gandhi was not the reason for Congress’ poor performance and hence he should not quit.

Karti Chidambaram, son of Congress leader P Chidambaram also resonated the same sentiment.

With the popularity of Prime Minister Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party skyrocketing, and Congress party not doing their cause any good by adding only 8 seats to their lowest ever tally in 2014, one can be forgiven to question the Congress top leadership.

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