New Delhi, Jun. 26 (HS): The speculations over Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s decision of stepping down from leading the party revived yet again today triggering controversies surrounding the party’s leadership of the top position.
Bound to cause political consequences for the grand old party, the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) leaders and workers on Wednesday gathered in mass numbers holding protests outside Rahul’s residence in New Delhi, appealing him to take back his offer of resignation and continue as the party President.
The Youth wing leaders from the party also met Rahul Gandhi, the Member of Parliament (MP) from Waynad. This meeting comes days after Rahul Gandhi announced his decision to quit following Congress’s humiliating defeat in the General elections.
Congress workers held massive protests urging the Gandhi scion to refrain from stepping down, displayed party flags and posters raising slogans ‘Rahul Gandhi Zindabad!, ‘Nation needs Rahul Gandhi’.
A Youth Congress leader and Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Rajasthan’s Hindoli, Ashok Chandna said winning or losing elections was part and parcel of politics.
He added that Rahul Gandhi fought the recent General elections with sincerity and challenged the money power and propagandist policies of the ruling Narendra Modi led government.
Another Youth Congress leader said that youth leaders belonging to the party from the entire country had congregated outside the residence of Rahul Gandhi and were firmly in support of him heading the leadership of the party.
However, Earlier today, the Gandhi scion made it clear that he was firm in his resolve on stepping down from the party’s topmost position despite the Lok Sabha MPs from Congress urging him to reconsider his decision during a party meeting chaired by Sonia Gandhi.
According to sources in the Congress, senior party leaders such as Manish Tewari and Shashi Tharoor urged Gandhi to take back his resignation and that it was the collective failure of the entire party behind the debacle in the recent national polls and not the blame of the party chief alone.