Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi pay tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru on his 55th birthday anniversary at Shanti Van in New Delhi on Monday.(Photo courtesy: ANI)
New Delhi: Three more PradeshCongress Committee(PCC) chiefs have resigned after the party’s rout in the Lok Sabha elections, the number of state units of the total number of 23 May after the decision to quit their wish expressing the verdict six.
While Assam PCC chief Ripun Bora and Jharkhand PCC chief, Ajay Kumar sent their resignations to AICC chief,Rahul Gandhiowning the responsibility of the party in poor governance of their states, PCC president
Sunil Jakhar sent his resignation
After losing to actor-turned-politicianSunny Deolin Gurdaspur
Earlier, Maharashtra unit chief Ashok Chavan, Odisha PCC chief Niranajan Patnaik and UP unit chiefRaj Babbarhad offered to resign. Karnataka Pradesh Campaign Committee Chairman HK Patkali had also resigned last week.
Sources said Jakhar had sent her resignation to Rahul on May 24.
However, in Punjab CMAmarinder Singhon Monday termed
Jakhar’s move “totally unnecessary”
, given the “impressive performance of the party in the state” despite a BJP wave.
Congress won eight of 13 seats in the state
, but Jakhar lost Gurdaspur, who had wrested from BJP in 2017 bypoll with a huge margin.
Jharkhand Congress spokesperson Alok Dubey confirmed that Ajay Kumar had sent his resignation to Rahul last week. However, Rahul is yet to accept the resignation. Congress, which had fought in an alliance as aMahagathbandhanpartner, won only one of 14 seats in Jharkhand. Congress ally JMM bagged one seat while BJP won in the remaining 12
Similarly, Bora, a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam, had written to Rahul on May 24, saying: “Whatever may be the reasons for this humiliating defeat of my party in my conscience, Assam PCC. “He asked the AICC chief to” relinquish “him with a” suitable replacement “.
However, Bora’s resignation has only highlighted the infighting within Congress in the state where it won just three of the 14 seats. “Ripun Bora asked permission to step down. It’s all drama If he really wanted to resign, why would he need permission to do? “Assam PCC vice-president Dwijen Sarma said.
“Bora had lost the faith of party workers as their chief a long time ago,” said Sarma, who has been a logjerheads with a section of the party’s senior leadership after a Lok Sabha ticket.
Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, on the other hand, has acknowledged the need for a structural overhaul but said it needs to go beyond the senior leadership. “Congress needs to restructured. This applies to Assam as well. “
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