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Rahul Gandhi Resigns | Farooq Abdullah Weighs In, Says 'Rahul Always Wanted Someone Else To Take Over, He Can Become Party President Again In Future' As Congress Chief Formally Resigns

Written By Koushik Narayanan | Mumbai | Published:

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  • National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah has said that Rahul Gandhi can become Congress president again in the future, after his resignation
  • Abdullah claimed that Rahul Gandhi always wanted someone else to take over the party's reins
  • Rahul Gandhi resigned from the position of Party President after 49 days after its humiliating loss in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls

Following Rahul Gandhi's dramatic resignation, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah commended Gandhi for sticking to his decision. Speaking to media over this development, the former J&K CM further added that Rahul Gandhi is young and can also become the President of the Grand Old Party once again.

"I commend him for sticking to his decision. He is still very young and can go on to become the President of the party once again in the future. He did a lot of work as the party President", said Farooq Abdullah. 

On being asked if Rahul Gandhi took the decision solely on the basis of the humiliating defeat in 2019 election, Abdullah added that Gandhi had always wanted someone else to be at the helm and that he would now focus on rebuilding the party. 

"No, I don't think it was entirely because of the defeat. Rahul always wanted someone else to take over the reins of the party. I think Rahul will now focus on developing the party and will focus on the Party's growth", he said.  

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Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi put forward his resignation as the Congress chief, 49 days after the 2019 Lok Sabha loss. 

In the tweet, Rahul Gandhi released his resignation letter wherein he claimed that he had fought against the 'entire might of India's state machinery, sometimes alone' among other claims mongering fear.

This development has come weeks after Rahul Gandhi offered to resign as the Congress president on May 25 taking moral responsibility for the defeat embarrassing defeat of the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led by BJP , however, his offer was rejected by the members of the party during the CWC meeting. 

Meanwhile, a section of top party leadership had been urging him to take back his decision to resign and continue as the Congress chief in what was widely percieved to be a drama. On Monday, Chief Ministers of the Congress-ruled states had met Gandhi at his residence and has pleaded him to change his decision. However, sources had told that Rahul Gandhi did not bulge on his resignation decision even after meeting the senior party leadership.

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