New Delhi, June 30 : The Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states will meet Rahul Gandhi on Monday, urging him to take back his decision to resign from the post of party president as mass resignation spree has shaken the Congress’s rank and file while uncertainty and anarchy stares at party’s future over who will take over the party’s top post.
The campaign of voluntary resignations is underway in ‘honour and respect’ of Rahul Gandhi.
Over 130 Congress office bearers on Friday resigned from their respective posts to show solidarity with him. Some threatened to protest outside the homes of other senior party office bearers .
The most notable of front ranking leaders who have quit until now are party’s ‘law, RTI and HR’ cell Chief Vivek Tankha,General Secretary Dipak Babaria,Telangana in-charge Poonam Prabhakar, Bihar in-charge Virendra Rathore, Youth Congress vice-president Srinivas, Delhi Congress Working President Rajesh Lilothia and Anil Chowdhary and Goa in-charge Girish Chowdhankar.
Former vice-chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and senior Congress leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy on Saturday appealed to all State in charges, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) presidents and Congress Working Committee (CWC) office bearers to submit their resignations in order to give Congress President Rahul Gandhi a free hand to reorganise and revamp the Congress party.
Rahul Gandhi, who became the party president in 2017, offered to step down from his post,due to Congress’ dismal performance in the 17th general elections.
Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry, and Punjab will meet Gandhi at the party headquarters in the national capital. Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara is also likely to come for the meet.
Reddy said, “I appeal to the office bearers of the CWC and AICC to submit their resignation. It is time to give a new look to the Congress party. I once again appeal to Rahul Gandhi to take back his resignation and facilitate the reorganisation and restructuring of the Congress party.”
“When Rahul Gandhi had resigned from the party president’s post even then I had suggested that there was a need for the implementation of the 2.0 Version of the Kamaraj Plan, and all members of the CWC and AICC office bearers to submit their resignations to give Rahul Gandhi a free hand to reorganise and revamp the Congress party,” he said.
The Chief Ministers are also likely to discuss the mass resignations taking place in the party.Scores of Congress leaders and office bearers have also tendered mass resignations from their respective posts following Rahul’s decision to resign.
Rahul offered to resign from his post at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on May 25 and was unanimously rejected by the CWC. So far, several top leaders have met Gandhi and urged him to continue to lead the party.
The names of Anand Sharma, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot and even Jyotiraditya Scindia are doing the rounds for the coveted post of Congress president.