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Rahul Gandhi Rejects Party Appeal To Stay On

By Preeti Sigh On 26 Jun, 2019

Rahul Gandhi remained firm on his decision to step down as the Congress president and rejected an appeal by the lawmakers of his party to stay on. "This is the not the forum to discuss. As you all have raised this, I have already told the CWC about my decision. There has to be an accountability," Mr Gandhi said at a meeting chaired by his mother Sonia Gandhi. Congress lawmakers said was no one else who can lead the Congress and insisted that he continue to lead the party. However, when leaders like Shashi Tharoor requested him to continue as the party's chief, Mr Gandhi asserted that he will go ahead with his decision to step down. Members of the Congress's students wing, the National Students Union of India, also stood outside Rahul Gandhi's home in Delhi with "Nation needs you Rahul Gandhi" and "Without you we are nothing" placards to persuade him to take back his decision to step down. Mr Gandhi has so far maintained that there would be no rollback on his decision to quit the party post, announced days after the party's humiliating defeat in the national election. Days after the results were declared, Rahul Gandhi took "100 per cent" responsibility for the party's failure and told the 52-member Congress Working Committee that he would like to exit as its boss. But the Congress refused to accept Mr Gandhi's decision and over the last weeks, has stuck to the template. The party's senior leaders have indicated that only members of the Gandhi family can hold the Congress together. But Mr Gandhi, who was defeated by Smriti Irani in Amethi but won from Kerala's Wayanad, has negated that option too, declaring that his mother or sister Priyanka Gandhi cannot be given the responsibility.

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