Rahul owns up responsibility for Cong rout, says ‘our democracy weakened’

Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that he was no longer the party chief and that he was responsible for the party’s rout in the Lok Sabha elections. He urged the party to select a new leader.

“As President of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election. Accountability is critical for the future growth of our party,” he said in a letter that was put on his Twitter account. It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress President.”

According to the letter, “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.”

On future course of action, the letter further said: “Many of my colleagues suggested that I nominate the next Congress President. While it is important for someone now to lead our party, it would not be correct for me to select that person.”

In his letter, Rahul Gandhi criticised the RSS also. “The stated objectives of the RSS, the capture of our country’s institutional structure, now is complete. Our democracy has been fundamentally weakened.”

Earlier in the day, Gandhi told reporters in Parliament: “I have already submitted my resignation and I am no longer the party chief.

“The Congress Working Committee should convene a meeting at the earliest and decide on a new party chief.”