In a major jolt to the grand old party, Vivek Tankha - the party's Dept chairman Law, RTI & HR and Rajya Sabha MP for Madhya Pradesh, on Thursday, has unequivocally submitted his resignation stating that he agrees with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath's statement and takes responsibility of the dismal Lok Sabha performance of the Congress Party. He added that all party position holders should resign giving Congress chief Rahul Gandhi a free hand to choose his team.
He also directly addressed Gandhi asking him to 'cobble a good, acceptable nation-wide team' to revive the party.
Earlier in the day, Kamal Nath had been the first Congress leader to come forward and take responsibility for the Congress' Lok Sabha loss after Republic TV sources had reported that Rahul Gandhi was upset with senior leaders of the party as despite him tendering his resignation no senior leader came forward to take the responsibility of the party's failure in the Lok Sabha.
Talking to the media, admitting his responsibility, Kamal Nath agreed with his party chief.
"Mr Rahul Gandhi is right. I don't know who has but for the debacle at least I had said whatever responsibility that I had for the six months, I had said I am responsible," he said.
Stirring further controversy in his resignation saga, Gandhi had yet again stated that he was resigning but would still continue to work for the party. In response, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot chaired a meeting with the Congress Legislature Party at his residence on Thursday where the members unanimously decided that he had faith in Rahul's leadership.
The Congress party's youth wing Indian Youth Congress (IYC) too had staged demonstrations right outside the residence of Gandhi urging him to continue as the party President while the Kerala Pradesh Mahila Congress had also vouched for his leadership qualities on Wednesday.
The party has currently been entangled in a leadership turmoil after Rahul Gandhi offered his resignation as Congress Chief during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on May 25, as the Congress managed to secure only 52 seats in the recent Lok Sabha elections which also saw Gandhi lose his bastion -Amethi, to BJP leader Smriti Irani.