Rahul Gandhi resignation crisis: Stalemate continues as Congress chief firm on his stand

The deadlock over Rahul Gandhi’s proposal to resign as the Congress chief continues even as the rumblings within the state units of the party are growing louder over the massive defeat of the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections.

Sources said there has been no shift in the circumstances since Gandhi offered to resign during the Congress Working Committee meeting on May 25.

The CWC had unequivocally turned down his offer to quit but Gandhi is seemingly determined on his stand, they added.

There have also been considerations on the need to put in place an interim system for the decision making, especially in view of the forthcoming assembly elections in Haryana, Jharkhand, and Maharashtra later this year, if Rahul Gandhi does not soften.

A party source said most of the leaders, however, hope that Gandhi will continue to lead the party as the Nehru-Gandhi family acts as a “glue” that binds the party together.

Fissures in the party’s state units deepen

Meanwhile, fissures in the party’s state units are deepening over its debacle in Lok Sabha elections.

Some Congress leaders from the western Uttar Pradesh were involved in a war of words during and after a Lok Sabha polls review meeting on Tuesday, sources said.

During the meeting chaired by party general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia, some leaders raised questions over the ticket distribution and blamed senior Congress leaders for the poll debacle in UP, they said.

Differences in the Rajasthan Congress once again came to the fore on Tuesday with the party’s Lok Sabha candidate for the Jaipur-Urban Lok Sabha seat claiming that an “internal conspiracy” led to her defeat in the recent elections.

Former Jaipur mayor Jyoti Khandelwal blamed the party’s state vice-president Archana Sharma for her defeat.

She claimed that Archana Sharma, who was the Congress candidate from Malviya Nagar in the 2018 assembly elections, and her husband “conspired” for her defeat.

Fissures in the Punjab Congress too deepened last week with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh changing Navjot Singh Sidhu’s portfolio within hours of the cricketer-turned-politician snubbing him by skipping a Cabinet meeting.

Sidhu on Monday met Gandhi in New Delhi and apprised him of the “situation” in the state.

The tension between Singh and Sidhu came out in the open last month when the chief minister had blamed the “inept handling” of the local government department by the cricketer-turned-politician for the “poor performance” of the Congress in the state’s urban areas during the Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress is also facing a crisis in Telangana where assembly Speaker P Srinivas Reddy last Thursday recognised 12 MLAs of Congress as members of TRS, hours after they approached him seeking merger of their group with the ruling party.