BJP rebel Nana Patole has resigned as the party's Kisan Congress President. He had contested in the Lok Sabha elections against Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur. He was defeated by Gadkari who won 6,57,624 votes. Patole had got 4,42,765 votes in the constituency.
Patole's resignation is the latest in a series of senior leaders quitting after Rahul Gandhi reportedly expressed he was upset that they were not taking ownership for Lok Sabha elections' debacle.
"We met about assembly elections. We have resigned as support to Rahul's resignation and we will fight as soldiers. The meeting is happening on assembly election," Patole said.
On Thursday, senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha had resigned as chairperson of the All India Congress Committee’s legal human rights and RTI department. He quit saying that he agreed with Kamal Nath who had made a statement where he had admitted his responsibility in the Lok Sabha poll debacle.
The resignations come after Rahul Gandhi, as per sources, said in a meeting with the youth leaders of the party that he was upset about senior leaders not taking responsibility for the party's drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections, despite him tendering his own resignation. Following that Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath admitted to the media saying that he was responsible for the party's defeat in the general elections.