Although Congress president Rahul Gandhi has resigned from the post of party chief and has tweeted 4-page resignation letter, senior party sources have said that he will continue to be the party president till the time Congress Working Committee accepts his resignation. Sources also said that reports of Motilal Vora appointed as interim chief is incorrect.
As per rules by Congress party, the seniormost leader will take forward the charge if the president of the party resigns or in case of death. The rule states the following:
"In an event of any emergency by reason of any cause such as the death or resignation of the President elected as above, the senior most - general Secretary will discharge the routine functions of the President pending the election aregualr president by the AICC."
As Congress chief tendered his resignation on Tuesday on Twitter after 41 days of resignation row, reports and sources of the party said that Congress has appointed Motilal Vora a interim chief. However, when Republic TV spoke to the Congress veteran, he said that he is unaware of any such information. Moreover, he added that he along with the entireparty will request Rahul Gandhi to continue as party president in the next Congress Working Committee meeting.
Meanwhile, sources also confirmed Republic TV that the posting of a letter or tendering a resignation does not mean that Rahul Gandhi ceases to be the party chief. As per rules it will only be official when the CWC members accepts his resignation. Following the Lok Sabha poll debacle of the Congress party, Rahul Gandhi tendered his resignation and asked the party leaders to find a new chief. However, the entire CWC members had unanimously rejected Rahul Gandhi's resignation.
After Rahul Gandhi remained adamant on his decision to quit, Congress Committees of various states passed resolutions asking him not to step down. Almost after 41 days later, the Congress chief took to Twitter to post his resignation letter.
He wrote in the letter that he would not select the next president as suggested by the Congress members. He has also slammed BJP's idea of India and said that his resistance towards the saffron party has stemmed from the ideological difference and not hatred to the party itself. Speaking about the 2019 election campaign, he points the difference in approach between the Congress and the BJP stating that the Congress campaigned based on brotherhood, tolerance, and respect, fighting the Prime Minister, the RSS and other 'captured' institution. "Where they see difference, I see similarity. Where they see hatred, I see love. What they fear, I embrace" Rahul Gandhi had written.
However, he failed to clearly mention what set his campaign apart from the BJP. "At times, I stood completely alone. I have learned so much from the spirit and dedication of our workers and party members who have taught me about love and decency," he said.