With Rahul Gandhi firm on his decision to step down as party chief, the Congress is having a difficult time, with a number of resignations by leaders at different levels.
Rahul Gandhi who offered to resign as the party chief last month has decided to meet the chief ministers of the Congress-ruled states on Monday. Ashok Gehlot the chief minister of Rajasthan, Kamal Nath the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Bhupesh Baghel chief minister of Chhattisgarh, Amrinder Singh the chief minister of Punjab, the Puducherry chief minister V Narayan will be there at the meeting. It is also speculated that Karnataka deputy chief minister G Parameshwara is also going to be present at the meeting.
This meeting will come in the backdrop of the ever-growing suspense over Gandhi’s future role in the Congress party and the number of resignations by leaders of Congress at different levels. The chief ministers had wanted to meet Rahul Gandhi so that they could request him not to resign and continue as the party chief. They will also discuss the mass resignations that are going on in the party.
The agenda of this meeting is still unclear, but it is expected that they are going to talk about the performance of the grand old party. in the recently concluded Lok Sabha decision, particularly in the Hindi heartland states where it won three assembly elections in December last
On the 25th of May, Rahul Gandhi had made an offer to step down as the party chief, while taking the whole responsibility for the party’s loss and its unsatisfactory performance in Lok Sabha elections.
He had become the party president in 2017. While the party has rejected his proposal, but he is very adamant, and wants to quit. This move by him had created a domino effect in the party, leading to several leaders resigning. Later on, Gandhi stated that he took this decision so that he could ensure the accountability of the party’s failure, and he is not going to step back from this decision.
Gandhi said that he is resigning after taking up the entire responsibility for the defeat of the party in Lok Sabha’s election. He further said I could not ask others to quit, but it is up to them if they want to take responsibility.
Some sources say that the chief has expressed his anger privately with a lot of leaders who are still staying in their positions.