Minutes after Rahul Gandhi tendered his resignation as the Congress President, former leader of the Grand Old Party Tom Vadakkan, who had joined the BJP prior to the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, said that even after Rahul resigned from his post, party will still be controlled by him and the Gandhis
"This private united company (Congress) is going to be controlled by Gandhi, let there be no doubt about it," BJP leader Tom Vadakkam said on being asked on the appointment of senior Congress leader Motilal Vora as the interim Congress president.
Speaking about Motilal Vora, the 61-year-old BJP leader said that he is a respectable man who has his allegiance to the Gandhi family, adding that the Gandhis will do the 'back-seat driving' even after appointing him as the interim party president.
"Motilal Vora ji is a respectable gentleman but he owes his existence and his allegiance to the Gandhi family. This is pure back seat driving by the Gandhis and this process will continue," Vaddakan added.
Further, commenting on the Wayanad lawmaker's decision to quit, Mr. Vadakkan also said that Gandhi's resignation letter clearly shows the Congress party has no respect for the Election Commission or free press.
"The letter is indicative of the fact that there is no rethink to what went wrong, instead the questions that the Congress has raised are issues about the Election Commission and the letter clearly shows that they have no respect for institutions like the Election Commission or for that matter the free press," the BJP leader said.
Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi posted his 4-page resignation letter, taking responsibility of the defeat of the Congress party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in which the party won only 52 seats out of 542 seats.
In his letter, Rahul Gandhi detailed the lack of free and fair election in the country without a free press, an independent judiciary and a transparent election commission. It is crystal clear that once cherished institutional neutrality no longer exists in India, said the former Congress president in his resignation letter, taking a jibe at the EC.
Notably, senior Congress source told (to news agency ANI) that Rahul Gandhi will continue as the Congress President till the time Congress Working Committee (CWC) accepts his resignation. The source also rubbished the reports of appointment of senior party leader Motilal Vora as Interim Congress President.