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Fri, 23 Aug 2019

Northeast Today

Congress worker attempts suicide to stop Rahul Gandhi from resigning

Congress worker attempts suicide to stop Rahul Gandhi from resigning
July 03
13:30 2019

NET Bureau

The Congress is as adamant on making party chief Rahul Gandhi stay at his post as he is on quitting. On Tuesday, a Congress worker allegedly attempted suicide in Delhi in a bid to stop Rahul Gandhi from resigning.

The Congress worker, who remains unidentified, tried to hang himself from a tree outside the party office in Delhi.

“Rahul Gandhi should take back his resignation else I will hang myself,” he told media.

The incident came as several Congress leaders sat on an indefinite strike, urging Rahul Gandhi to take back his resignation. Hundreds of Congress workers, most of who had resigned from various party posts on Friday, gathered at the party headquarters and sat on a strike. AICC Secretaries Mahender Joshi, Naseeb Singh and other leaders including Delhi Working President Rajesh Lilothia, Shobha Oza, Jagdish Tytler along with party activists sat on strike demanding Rahul Gandhi continue as party chief.

Rajesh Lilothia said, “We have sat on an indefinite strike demanding Rahulji to continue as party chief.” He said that the responsibility of the Congress’ drubbing in the recently concluded elections lies with all the party leaders and not on the party chief alone. He, however, stated that the party will obey the decision taken by Rahul Gandhi.

Shobha Oza said leaders were on strike as only the Gandhis could lead the Congress in the current situation.

The indefinite strike at the party office comes a day after all five Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states met Gandhi and urged him to continue as the party President.

Rahul Gandhi had offered to step down as the party chief on May 25 during the Congress Working Committee meeting following the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections where it could manage to win only 52 seats.

However, his offer was rejected unanimously by the CWC members, the party’s top decision-making body.

Source: India Today

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