The turmoil in Congress after the Lok Sabha debacle seems to continue with more resignations from senior leaders flowing in. The latest among those tendering their resignation to the party high command in former Bhandara-Gondia MP Nana Patole. He has resigned from the post of Kisan Congress chief.
Several All India Congress Committee (AICC) leaders from Maharashtra have quit from the party’s poor show in the Lok Sabha. Nana Patole has now joined this group of Congress office-bearers. Patole had lost to BJP’s Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur Lok Sabha constituency.
Patole announced his resignation on his twitter handle on Saturday. Patole wrote that he was resigning as the chairman of the Kisan Congress in respect and honor of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and “dismissing” the unit.
“Rahul Gandhi is firm on not withdrawing his resignation as Congress president. Loss is a collective responsibility. Hence, I am resigning from the post of chairman of Kisan Congress- AICC and dismissing Kisan Congress body. We are in the interest of the nation standing with Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party,” Patole stated. A string of Congress leaders from various states has tendered their resignations in a bid to give a “free hand” to Gandhi to restructure the party.
On Friday too senior party leaders from several state units tendered their resignation. Among those stepped down citing “collective responsibility” included Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar, party general secretary in charge of Madhya Pradesh Deepak Babaria, Delhi Congress Working President Rajesh Lilothia and Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee working president Ponnam Prabhakar.
The Congress president himself had announced his decision to quit after the poll debacle but the Congress Working Committee (CWC) wants him to stay on. Gandhi had reportedly expressed his disgust over some leaders of the party clinging to their positions even after the electoral defeat.
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