Congress is facing a political crisis like situation soon after the end of Lok Sabha elections 2019. The Congress party lost the elections very grievously and as a result, the episode of Rahul Gandhi’s urge for his own resignation from the post of the party chief began. Subsequently followed a series of requests by the state and central Congress party leaders to reconsider his decision. However, Rahul Gandhi’s obstinate decision of stepping down from his post made a number of Congress leaders resign from the party posts.
As per reports, around 145 office bearers of Congress party have resigned from their posts, holding themselves responsible for the regrettable loss in the general elections. Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president, Girish Chodankar of Congress took to Twitter and wrote, “Firm decision of Rahul Gandhi ji to not withdraw resignation as Congress President, morally does not permit me to continue. The defeat is our collective responsibility, hence I hereby tender my resignation forthwith as Goa Congress President.”
Rahul Gandhi has held himself responsible for the humiliating loss in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election 2019. While, he had also questioned several state party Presidents for the loss in the meeting which was held just after the election result.
The wave of resignations took to an intensive phase when high profile resignations came forward. Declaring his decision of resigning from the post, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia took to twitter and wrote, “Accepting the people’s verdict and taking accountability, I had submitted my resignation as General Secretary of AICC to Shri @RahulGandhi. I thank him for entrusting me with this responsibility and for giving me the opportunity to serve our party,”.
Jyotiraditya Scindia was appointed as All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary just a few weeks ahead of the general elections, when Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed the chief for the Uttar Pradesh unit. Another high profile resignation recently came forward from Milind Deora who resigned as Mumbai Congress Chief.
The list of such high profile Congress party leaders included Kamal Nath who resigned as the Madhya Pradesh Congress chief, Raj Babbar resigned as the UP Congress chief, Harish Rawat resigned as the AICC general secretary, Vivek Tankha resigned as the AICC dept chairman Law, RTI and HR, Dipak Babaria resigned as the Congress in-charge for Madhya Pradesh, Girish Chodankar resigned as the Goa Congress chief, Poonam Prabhakar resigned as the Congress in-charge for Telangana, Virenda Rathore resigned as the Congress in-charge for Bihar. These are the some of prominent Congress leaders who resigned from their posts just after Rahul Gandhi resigned from his post as the Congress party chief. In the recent polls, the Congress Party won just 52 of 543 parliamentary seats, only eight more than it’s tally of 44 in the previous 2014 elections.
In addition to the Congress party’s turmoil within itself, the party has probably landed up in even worse situation with 21 of the Congress – Janta Dal (Secular) (JD (S)) MLA’s resigning from the Karnataka State Assembly. The 21 Congress party ministers who were a part of JD(S)-Congress government in the Karnataka state have resigned.
The resignations have come in the backdrop of political developments in Karnataka after the resignation of over a dozen ruling Congress-JD(S) MLAs. “We know what BJP is trying to do. If need be, all of us may resign and then accommodate the MLAs,” Karnataka deputy CM, G Parameshwara, said before his meeting with the cabinet ministers. Karnataka deputy CM also said, “Willing to quit if the party wants his to placate the MPs.”
Replying to the opposition for the allegation they had put on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for destabilizing the government by luring the MLAs, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Whatever is happening in Karnataka, our party has nothing to do with it. We are committed to maintaining dignity of parliamentary democracy. Trend of submitting resignations was started by Rahul Gandhi in Congress, it wasn’t started by us,” Singh said in the Lok Sabha. “He himself asked people to submit resignations, even senior leaders are submitting their resignations,” he added.
The Congress-JD(S) government plunged into a political crisis after 13 MLAs, 10 Congress and 3 JD(S), submitted their resignations to the Speaker. The resignations threatened the stability of the government as, if accepted, they will plunge the Congress-JD(S) coalition below the halfway mark. The coalition’s total strength, including those who have put in their papers, is 117 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-2), besides the Speaker.
BJP has 106 MLAs in the state assembly, where the half-way mark is 113. This means that the acceptance of resignations from Congress-JD(S) MLAs will reduce the JD(S)-Congress government number to 104. The Speaker also has a vote. An independent MLA has withdrawn it’s support from the coalition government and backed BJP. On the other hand, the leaders of Congress Party are resigning from their posts in honour of Rahul Gandhi. By resigning, they are holding themselves accountable for the loss. The leaders believe that it’s their collectively responsibility for the loss.
Leaders who quit said accountability for the party’s failure in the Lok Sabha needed to be fixed, and should not stop merely with the resignation of Gandhi. Several of them have also insisted Rahul Gandhi to choose the team again to fight back and win.