In a massive political development weeks after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi has quit as the Congress President on Wednesday. Following the dramatic resignation by Rahul Gandhi, sources have told that there are two factions within the Grand Old Party, which are facing a scuffle over the new leadership of the party. While there is one section of the party which wants the Congress chief to be from the old guards in the Gandhi clan, there is another faction in the group which is vouching for younger leaders, including Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia, within the party to succeed Rahul Gandhi's leadership.
Amid the drama, sources have told that one faction within the umbrella Congress party sees Sachin Pilot as the front-runner to take on as the new Congress President. Notably, Sachin Pilot, along with Jyotiraditya Scindia were in the race to be the Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh respectively, following the Congress party's splendid victory in the November-December 2018.
However, Rahul Gandhi decided to play safe by appointing the old guards Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath for the posts of Chief Ministers, even as speculations were quite high for the selection of the young brigade. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi appointed Sachin Pilot as Rajasthan's Deputy CM and Jyotiraditya Scindia as the General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (West), to work with her sister and General Secretary for UP (East) Priyanka Gandhi.
Even as the young clan within the party is wanting Sachin Pilot to be the Congress President, the Rajasthan Deputy CM is looking forward to taking on as the Chief Minister of the state.
Amid the high drama, senior party leaders in Telangana has vouched for Priyanka Gandhi Vadra take over the reins as the Congress President.
On Wednesday afternoon, taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi released his resignation letter, saying that he takes responsibility for the loss of the Congress party in the 2019 elections.
In his resignation letter, Rahul Gandhi stated that it would be unjust to hold others accountable for the loss of the party while ignoring his own responsibility, he further added that would not select the next president as suggested by the Congress members, passing the baton back to the party.
Until Congress chooses its new leadership, senior party leader Motilal Vora will take on as the interim party chief.