Hours after Rahul Gandhi quit as the Congress President in a dramatic exit, Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar on Wednesday said that as Gandhi has left a big challenge for the party, all leaders should join together to keep the grand old party alive.
"Rahul Gandhi has come out with a bold issue, a very big challenge for the Congress party. Now he has taken this firm stand, I think all of us should unite together to keep his party alive.
On being questioned about the next chief of the party, DK Shivakumar said that all party leaders should take the moral responsibility of the party's loss in the 2019 elections.
"I don't want to comment on it. But one thing is sure that, he has asked for accountability. I think all the leaders in the country have to look at it, who all are responsible, either me or others, everyone should do and take moral responsibility," DK Shivakumar said speaking to reporter.
Earlier, responding to the development, former Minister of External Affairs in the UPA government and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said that it is very sad that Gandhi has resigned.
"It is very sad. All I can say is that he put in enormous effort to a point where we all thought that he had caught the pulse and that we would see a major coming back of the Congress," Khurshid said.
In a conflict of interest, Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and front-runner for the post of Congress chief, Sachin Pilot has backed for Rahul Gandhi to come back on his post, saying that he has worked "extremely hard" for the party.
"Our party and the members are constantly working towards the betterment and I completely believe that Rahul Gandhi, who has tweeted his resignation today, needs to come back, because he has worked extremely hard, he has won and lost several times," Pilot said.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi put forward his resignation as the Congress chief taking the responsibility of defeat of the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of BJP.
Meanwhile, the party has chosen 90-year old Motilal Vora as the Congress interim-president.