Rahul Gandhi took full responsibility of party's 2019 poll debacle but, more importantly, also made it clear that heads need to roll. “Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019. It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility as President of the party,” he said in his letter.
It is an honour for me to serve the Congress Party, whose values and ideals have served as the lifeblood of our beautiful nation.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 3, 2019
I owe the country and my organisation a debt of tremendous gratitude and love.
Jai Hind 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/WWGYt5YG4V
Rahul Gandhi also pointed finger on PM Narendra Modi and accused him of spreading a violent form of Hindu nationalism by “crushing the voice of the Indian people” and pulling apart India’s secular fabric. Soon after the poll debacle, Gandhi’s resignation was on the cards and everyone knew that his allegations of corruption over the Rafale deal and slogans such as “Chowkidar chor hain” had backfired.
The former Congress leader, however, defended his campaign and described it as a ‘strong and dignified’ campaign and pointed out that he was alone in his fight against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We fought a strong and dignified election. Our campaign was one of brotherhood, tolerance and respect for all of India’s people, religions and communities. I personally fought the Prime Minister, the RSS and the institutions they have captured with all my being. I fought because I love India. And I fought to defend the ideals India was built upon. At times, I stood completely alone and am extremely proud of it. The Prime Minister’s win does not negate the breadth of corruption allegations against him; no amount of money and propaganda can ever hide the light of the truth,” he added.
Though resignation of Rahul Gandhi wasn't unexpected but it remains to be seen what will be Congress Party's approach after this. Certainly a huge political step !!