Ajay Maken resigns as Delhi Congress Chief

Ajay Maken

New Delhi, Dec 4: Months before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, former Union Minister Ajay Maken on Friday resigned as the Delhi Congress chief citing health reasons.

In an early morning tweet, Maken thanked the Congress workerers, party president Rahul Gandhi and the media.

“After the 2015 Vidan Sabha elections, as the Delhi Congress chief, I have received a lot of love from Delhi Congress workers, the media covering the party and from our party head Rahul Gandhi ji. In these difficult times, it was not easy. I thank you all for everything,” Maken wrote.

The 54-year-old took over as Delhi Congress president four years ago, after the party was decimated in state polls after three terms in power.

A party leader said that Maken met Congress President Rahul Gandhi at his residence on Thursday night and offered his resignation which was accepted by the top leadership, reported news agency IANS.

In September 2018, Congress had denied media reports that Maken has resigned from his post and had said that he had “temporarily stepped down” because of health issues. Maken had gone abroad for treatment around that time.

The two-time parliamentarian had also resigned as Delhi unit chief in May 2017 after the party did not perform well in civic polls, where it came in third.

However, he had taken back his resignation after Rahul Gandhi, then party’s Vice President, asked him to continue.

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