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Posted at: Jun 26, 2019, 1:51 PM; last updated: Jun 26, 2019, 3:37 PM (IST)

Rahul Gandhi again rejects party MPs’ demand to remain Congress chief

Rahul Gandhi again rejects party MPs’ demand to remain Congress chief
Rahul Gandhi arrives to attend the party meeting. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

New Delhi, June 26

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday again rejected a plea by MPs to continue as the party chief, a month after he decided to give up the top post after the Lok Sabha election drubbing.

According to party sources, Rahul was requested by MPs like Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari to remain as the party chief at the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) meeting in Parliament.

“But Rahul Gandhi remained firm on stepping down,” a party source said.

The CPP meeting was chaired by Sonia Gandhi.

The National Students Union of India also staged a protest outside Rahul’s residence here on Wednesday to persuade him to take back his offer of stepping down from the presidency.

Hundreds of Youth Congress activists carried placards which read: ‘Nation needs you Rahul Gandhi’ and ‘Without you we are nothing’.

According to party leaders, NSUI leaders are set to meet Rahul.

Rahul had on May 25 announced his decision to resign as party president after the Congress suffered a major blow in the Lok Sabha election.

His decision was rejected unanimously by the CWC, the party’s top decision-making body.

However, Rahul in the past few days has taken organisational decisions, including the dissolution of the Karnataka Congress unit and all district committees in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress won only 52 seats and Rahul himself was defeated in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh though he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Wayanad in Kerala. IANS

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