Former MP from Madhya Pradesh's Guna Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday announced on Twitter that he has quit as All India Congress Committees' General Secretary. He thanked Rahul Gandhi for the opportunity to serve the party.
Scindia's tweet comes after Rahul Gandhi's resignation in May following the party's Lok Sabha drubbing where it won only 52 seats. Scindia told ANI that he had resigned around 8-10 days ago as he felt that he was responsible for his party's failure but announced it today. "I had tendered my resignation a few days ago but I wrote about it today. I am taking the responsibility of the failure of my party and hence resigned The party will decide on the next chief. It is unfortunate that Rahul doesn't want to remain the chief. The Congress Party will take the right decision ahead of the party and should follow Rahul Gandhi's vision," he said.
Around the time Scindia claims to have resigned, sources had said that Rahul Gandhi in a meeting with the Youth Congress was upset that no other senior leader had taken responsibility and resigned despite he himself quitting as party chief. Many senior leaders such as Kamal Nath soon gave statements saying they were responsible for the party's defeat. The Youth Congress, however, gave out a statement later saying that Gandhi did not make the statement in any of its meeting and that it was fake news.
His anouncement comes a day after senior Congress leaders such as P Chidambaram, Ahmed Patel, Motilal Vora, Anand Sharma and several others including him met at the Congress war room. Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi did not attend the meeting. The leaders discussed the matter of the next Congress president but did not come up with names, sources had said.
Sources had also said that the meeting came after more and more leaders called for a young gun to take over as the Congress president. One faction in the party continued to favour an old guard who was a Gandhi family loyalist while other wanted young blood such as Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, or Sushmita Deb and Jitin Prasada to take over as Congress chief. Forty-eight year-old Scindia and 41-year-old Sachin Pilot were, as per sources, the front runners. The Congress leaders who wanted a stop-gap leader to fill in till Gandhi family retains control of the party have backed away from the demand.
Earlier on Sunday, Milind Deora announced that he had quit as the Mumbai chief and was looking forward to play a role in Delhi. For the past few weeks, the drama in Congress has persisted following Rahul Gandhi's resignation as the party president. Congress Committees in several states stated downright opposition to Gandhi's resignation. But after he tweeted a four-page letter saying he quit as the party chief, there have been speculations about the next Congress face and a divide over the matter in the party.