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Resignations rock Congress, over 130 functionaries quit in support of Rahul Gandhi

The resignations come over a month after Lok Sabha election results in which the Congress suffered a massive defeat.

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    The Congress on Friday was rocked by a spate of resignations with over 130 top office bearers of the party resigning from their posts. The resignations come over a month after Lok Sabha election results in which the Congress suffered a massive defeat and party chief Rahul Gandhi's insistence on quitting.

    The Congress was able to win only 52 Lok Sabha seats, even failing to claim the Leader of Opposition post. Taking responsibility, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has also offered to resign, a decision he has refused to take back despite repeated requests from party leaders and workers. 

    Among those who submitted their resignations hold positions in PCCs (state units) and Seva Dal, AICC, NSUI and Youth Congress. Some AICC secretaries have also tendered their resignations. Among the top party functionaries who put in their papers are Deepak Babaria, Anil Chaudhary, Rajesh Dharmani Virendra Rathore and Pawan Prabhakar.  

    Other top leaders to resign are Foreign Cell secretary Virendra Vashishth and Legal Cell head and Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha.

    A number of Congress leaders assembled at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office at 24, Akbar Road in New Delhi on Friday to hold an impromptu meeting on the state of affairs of the Congress. More than 300 people had gathered for the impromptu meeting. Surprisingly, the Congress leadership was unaware of such development. 

    The net result of the meeting was more than 130 resignations from a number of office bearers of the Congress party. 

    Sources said that most of the people who gathered for a meeting were promoted by Rahul Gandhi. 

    Speaking to WION, Deepak Babaria that every Congress leader should take responsibility. 

    Delhi Congress Chief Sheila Dikshit also dissolved all 280 block Congress committees with immediate effect. Rahul Gandhi met senior leaders of the party's Delhi unit including its Ms Dikshit and advised them to put up a united face before the opposition in the upcoming Assembly elections next year.

    In the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress contested all the seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi independently but faced defeat at the hands of BJP, which won all the seats.

    Meanwhile, senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily said there is not even one per cent possibility of Rahul Gandhi continuing as party president. 

    "Anything can happen," the former Union minister said. "Today, I don't... (think there) maybe even one per cent (possibility) of his (Gandhi's) coming back. CWC will definitely meet before they consider any other name. Unless his resignation is accepted by CWC, speculations and his assertions will go on," he told PTI.

    Moily had last week said the Congress needs a "major surgery" in the wake of the Lok Sabha poll debacle. 

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