Rahul Gandhi said that while it was important for someone new to lead the Congress, "it would not be correct for me to select that person".
New Delhi :
Soon after formally announcing that he is no longer Congress president and the party's working committee should meet immediately to decide on his successor, Rahul Gandhi has updated his Twitter profile and has deleted 'President of Indian National Congress' from it.
Earlier, taking moral responsibility of the party’s poor performance in the recently concluded Lok Sabha Elections saying ‘accountability is critical for the future growth of our party’.
"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."
"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," the letter reads.
Gandhi said that while it was important for someone new to lead the Congress, "it would not be correct for me to select that person".
The grand old party won 52 seats in the Lok Sabha election. Two days after the results of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 were announced, Gandhi has resigned from the post. The CWC rejected his resignation and authorised him to initiate changes in the party in order to revamp and restructure it at all levels.
Congress leaders at various levels have been appealing to Gandhi to take back his resignation but he has been unrelenting.
Some party workers are sitting on a 'dharna' outside the Congress headquarters, asking him to continue as president. There have also been several resignations of middle-rung leaders. And two days ago, the chief ministers of Congress-ruled states met Gandhi in an effort to make him change his mind.