Rahul Gandhi on July 3 resigned as the Congress party president after tweeting his resignation letter. Following the development, sources said that 95-year-old Moti Lal Vora was appointed as the interim president of the party. However, speaking to Republic TV he said that he has no information of being appointed as the interim party chief.
Republic TV asked him about Rahul Gandhi's resignation after 41 days of long-drama, Motilal Vora said that after Rahul Gandhi was appointed as party chief in 2017, he has taken all step to make the Congress party stronger. He said that before the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Congress under his leadership contested five assembly elections and won in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh. He said that in the Lok Sabha and in Amethi, Rahul left no stone unturned in his attempt. He then added that in a democracy, people's verdict is the most important and that the party has accepted it.
However, exposing the utter confusion within the party, he said that he has no information of he being appointed as interim party chief.
"I am not unaware" (Mujhe abhi tak koi jankari nahi hai.)
He then went on to define Rahul Gandhi's role as the Congress president and claimed that there are no factions within the Congress -namely the young guns and the old guards. He also said that in the working committee meeting, the party will request him to continue as party president.
"Rahul Gandhi's image is there in the hearts of the people. It is there in the hearts of Congress workers. He won by a large margin from Wayanad. In Amethi he left no stone unturned to give a tough fight. But in elections, one wins the other loses, that is how it is. Rahul Gandhi is our chief. We will request him in the working committee meeting to continue as party president. Factions are not there within Congress. Congress leaders and workers does their job with honesty. 4 state elections are coming up, we will work together with all our strength."
Republic further asked him as to what is the way ahead for the Congress party that has witnessed its worst political defeat in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 and had loomed to a crisis following Rahul Gandhi's resignation row, he said:
"Its not about if or buts, its about responsibility. In working committee's meeting we will decide. Every Congress worrker wants Rahul Gandhi to remain the president. Final decision will be taken in CWC meeting."