first_imgNew Delhi: It’s finally official! Rahul Gandhi will no longer be Congress president. The Gandhi scion on Wednesday said in a letter that it had been an honour to serve the party whose values and ideals have served as the “lifeblood of this beautiful nation”.As president of the Congress, he held himself responsible for the loss of the 2019 Lok Sabha election. “Accountability is critical for the future growth of our party. It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress president,” he said in an open letter shared on Twitter. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefMeanwhile, there is a buzz that Congress may choose either Sushil Kumar Shinde or Mallikarjun Kharge as new party president. The names emerged after Gandhi posted an open letter on his decision to resign from the top post. Gandhi, who suggested that the Congress Working Committee be entrusted with the task of finding a new party president and it would not be correct for him to select his successor, also said that he owes the country and his organisation a debt of tremendous gratitude and love. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoCGandhi said that at times he felt “alone” in his fight against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the RSS but is proud of it. “Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019. It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility as president of the party,” he said. One must shed power to defeat opponents, Gandhi, who has been firm on his decision to quit as party president, said. “We will not defeat our opponents without sacrificing our desire for power,” he said, adding that Congress must radically transform itself as it’s the party’s duty to defend people’s voices that BJP is crushing. “I was born a Congressman, this party has always been with me and is my life’s blood and forever that way it shall remain,” he said in his letter. Many of his colleagues suggested he should nominate the next Congress president, “While it is important for someone new to lead our party, it would not be correct for me to select that person,” he noted.last_img

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