Congress Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha has stepped down from all party positions with immediate effect. He said is doing this to allow Congress president Rahul Gandhi to choose his team freely.
In a tweet announcing his decision, Vivek Tankha said: “We all should submit our resignations from party positions and give Rahul ji a free hand to choose his team. I welcome Mr Kamal Nath’s statement to that effect. I unequivocally submit my resignation as AICC dept chairman Law, RTI and HR. Party cannot afford a stalemate for too long.”
This comes at a time when the Congress seems to be on a revamp mode and has dissolved state units in Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh to appoint new office bearers.
After being routed in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi has been insisting on stepping down as Congress president. Congress units in different states have been requesting him to reconsider his decision. The Congress Working Committee has also requested him to carry on as the party chief.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi is holding a high-level meeting with leaders of the party’s Delhi unit at his residence today. Senior Delhi Congress leaders have reached his residence for the meeting.
Among those who are attending the meeting are former Delhi Chief Ministers Shiela Dixit and Ajay Maken, senior Congress leaders PC Chako, JP Aggarwal, Mahabal Mishra and Arvinder Lovely.
The agenda of the meeting is unknown but it is expected to be about the party’s performance in the Lok Sabha elections and a possible reallocation of party responsibilities.
The Congress had failed to win any seat in Delhi which sends seven MPs to the Lok Sabha. Besides this, assembly elections are also due in Delhi early next year.