After the embarrassing defeat by Congress party in the Lok Sabha elections, where the party was wiped out even in states where it formed state governments in December last year, state party chiefs have offered to step down and many have resigned.
Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik taking responsibility for the loss has resigned from the post. Karnataka Congress chief has also stepped down and so has Amethi District Congress Committee President who took the responsibility of the party president’s defeat from what has essentially been Gandhi family bastion.
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In a letter to party president Rahul Gandhi, Yogendra Mishra, Amethi District Congress Committee President has said that taking moral responsibility of the defeat, he has resigned from the party post.
In the election results which were declared yesterday, Congress President who was an MP from Amethi for three consecutive terms, lost to BJP’s Smriti Irani by a margin of over 50,000 votes. While Rahul Gandhi won by a huge margin from the ‘safe seat’ Wayanad in Kerala, the Amethi loss is a major blow to the party since as many as four family members of the Nehru-Gandhi family represented the seat for over three decades.
Even as the pressure has mount on Rahul Gandhi to quit as the party president, he continues to remain so.