Rahul Gandhi resigns as leader of Indias opposition Congress


After the resignation of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, more members have been coming up with resignations.

The move ends weeks of speculation over whether the country's main opposition leader would continue at the head of his party following a crushing defeat to the Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party in May.

Rahul Gandhi, leader of India's opposition Congress party, said today he had asked party bosses to find a successor after he took responsibility for losing a general election that has left the party in crisis.

Gandhi's letter, which comes 40 days after he submitted his resignation, is significant.

Gandhi's note reflects similar sentiments about top party leaders.

CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury also appeared before the same court in the same matter and pleaded "not guilty" to the charges leveled against him, lawyer Chandrakant Bojgar said. Where they see differences, I see similarity. "I owe the country and my organisation a debt of tremendous gratitude and love", Gandhi wrote in his letter. "It is now crystal clear that our once cherished institutional neutrality no longer exists in India".

Victory and defeat are part of any political party's fortunes in an electoral polity like ours, said Amarinder Singh, adding that every defeat forms the platform for the party to rise again.

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Rahul Gandhi has removed his designation "President, Indian National Congress" from his Twitter profile after he shared an open letter in which he listed reasons for his resignation as the party chief.

Motilal's son Jawaharlal Nehru was independent India's first prime minister for 17 years and was succeeded, after a brief hiatus, by his daughter Indira Gandhi.

Mr Gandhi's father, grandmother and great grandfather were all former prime ministers.

RSS worker Dhrutiman Joshi had filed a defamation case against Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for defaming Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Modi, meanwhile, emphasized his humble roots and self-reliant journey to political power.

"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. We've talked about Modi's landslide, but how about Rahul's rout? The Congress leader, however, made a public announcement of his resignation, signalling he would not budge from his position. It remains unclear who will become its next president.

Rahul Gandhi has already said that any such decision would be have his approval but he would not like to get into the selection process. "There is scope for the Congress to revive itself as long as it remains united".

He said he had no hatred for the BJP, but would continue to fight the party on ideological grounds. "One of the suggestions is that a senior leader be made interim president along with three or four vice presidents", a senior party leader said requesting anonymity.