Rahul Gandhi firm on resigning, refuses party members’ plea to reconsider his decision

New Delhi: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has categorically told party members that he is not the party chief and that he was not going back on his decision. Rahul Gandhi told his party’s Lok Sabha members after they collectively made a plea to him on Wednesday to rethink his decision of resigning.

The Congress had called a meeting of its Lok Sabha members to prepare the party’s work plan in the lower house of Parliament on Wednesday.

Soon after the meeting, chaired by Congress Parliamentary Party leader Sonia Gandhi, started, some party MPs from Tamil Nadu urged him to review his decision and wanted a resolution to be passed, sources said.

All the party MPs then joined them and made a plea to Rahul, but he adhered to his decision, they said.

‘I’ve told CWC to make arrangements to install a party chief in my place’

According to the sources, Rahul said he has asked the Congress Working Committee to make arrangements to install a party chief in his place and lamented that nothing had been done in this regard so far.

Rahul Gandhi resignation crisis

Rahul had quit taking full accountability for the party’s Lok Sabha election disaster. He had communicated his decision at the meeting of the CWC on May 25.

Rahul has not been meeting party leaders since then and has not been actively involved in the party’s affairs.

He was to hold a meeting of Congress leaders from Maharashtra on Wednesday, for the party’s poll preparation for forthcoming assembly elections there, but it has been postponed now to June 29.

Rahul is expected to meet leaders from Haryana on Thursday.