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Too premature to write Congress’ obituary, Rahul Gandhi the best person to lead party: Shashi Tharoor

Tharoor stated that he is ready to be the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha if the post is offered to him. He also added that the Gandhi-Nehru family will continue to command "Great clout and respect" within the party.

The resignation drama outlined by Congress President Rahul Gandhi to save himself from the embarrassment of losing miserably in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election is being taken quite seriously by his party loyalists and allies.

In the latest, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, came out in support of the party president saying that Rahul Gandhi is the best person to pull the Congress out of its predicament following the setback in the Lok Sabha polls. He furthered that his party is “alive and kicking” and it is too premature to write its obituary.

The Congress has no time to sit and lick its wounds as it must immediately pick itself up for the upcoming state elections, Tharoor told PTI.

Tharoor who said he was ready to be the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha if the post is offered to him opinioned that the Gandhi-Nehru family will continue to command “Great clout and respect” within the party, on the basis of the tremendous contributions it has made in shaping and guiding the party since Independence.

The former Union minister said Gandhi has led the party from the front and still has far more to offer to the party.

Though Tharoor has scored an electoral hat-trick by winning from the Thiruvananthapuram seat in the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress faced severe humiliation by bagging merely 52 seats of the 542 seats in the Lok Sabha.

After the Congress Party faced existential crisis following the Lok Sabha debacle, Rahul Gandhi had expressed his adamancy on resigning from his post of the party President.

Similar to the 2014 drama when after the poll drubbing, the then party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi had reportedly offered to resign from the post but the CWC had rejected their proposal, this year too Rahul Gandhi came up with a similar proposal in the CWC meeting convened recently.

The Congress Working Committee (CWC), however, rejected his resignation. Interestingly, the President of the Congress Working Committee is Rahul Gandhi himself.

Senior Congress leader, Verappa Moily, also, took to Twitter to support Rahul Gandhi’s post as Congress chief. Moily said that it was Rahul Gandhi who made the party relevant after its defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He further added that there is no question of finding a person outside the family.

Moreover, Congress ally and the multi-crore fodder scam convict, Lalu Prasad Yadav, also spoke in support of Rahul Gandhi’s post as Congress chief, calling the resignation decision suicidal. He opinioned that as soon as a non-Nehru-Gandhi family member takes over the role, they would be painted as a ‘puppet’ by the BJP.

Further, the Youth Congress workers, taking the dynasty glorification to a whole new level had reportedly written letters in their own blood, urging Rahul Gandhi not to quit as the Party president.

However, reports state that Rahul Gandhi is still adamant on resigning from the party president post and to further discuss the issue another meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) has been called, later in the week.

Ayodhra Ram Mandir special coverage by OpIndia

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