Rawat said as the in-charge of party affairs in Assam, he was responsible for the below-par performance of the Congress in the parliamentary polls and thus, had decided to step down from the post.
A day after Rahul Gandhi stepped down as Congress chief, Harish Rawat on Thursday tendered his resignation as general secretary in-charge of Assam while taking responsibility for the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha this year, PTI reported.
Taking to Twitter, Rawat said as the in-charge of party affairs in Assam, he was responsible for the below-par performance of the Congress in the parliamentary polls and thus, had decided to step down from the post.
In the parliamentary polls held in April-May, the Congress managed to win only three of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam.
“We the office bearers of the Congress are responsible for the party’s defeat and organizational failure. I am responsible for the below-expected result of the party in Assam as in-charge of the state. I accept my shortcoming and resign as general secretary in-charge of the state,” he posted on the micro-blogging site.
He added that for people like him, posts were not important, but a leader like Rahul Gandhi, who inspired the workers, should continue to lead the party.
“If the leadership remains in his hand, it is possible that he could lead the party to victory in 2022 assembly elections in states and also in 2024 Lok Sabha elections to defeat the BJP and Narendra Modi. That is why all democratic forces and Congress workers want to see Rahul Gandhi as Congress president,” the former Uttarakhand chief minister said.