In parting letter as Congress president, Rahul owns responsibility for 2019 election loss
We won't defeat opponents without sacrificing desire for power, Rahul Gandhi says in parting letter as Congress chief.
In an emotional parting letter as Congress president, Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that he had quit the post as accountability was important. He also reiterated that he would not "nominate" the next Congress president.
“Accountability is critical for the future growth of our party. It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress president,” Gandhi said in his letter. “Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019. It would be unfair for me to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility as president of the party.”
He recalled the “profound heritage” of the Congress, which, he said, “is woven into the fabric of India”.
Claiming that his fight with the BJP was not for gaining political power, Gandhi said it was ideological: “I have no anger or hatred towards the BJP but every living cell of my body instinctively resists their idea of India.”
He sought to underline what he saw as the fundamental difference in vision between the BJP and the Congress. “Where they see differences, I see similarity. Where they see hatred, I see love. What they fear, I embrace,” Gandhi asserted.
He said that the “compassionate idea of India” is what the Congress would have to defend.
Gandhi, however, said that he would not step back from the fight to “defend” India’s constitution and the “fabric of the nation”: “I am a loyal soldier of the Congress and a devoted son of India and will continue to serve and protect her till my last breath.”
He said that he fought the Prime Minister and the RSS with all his “being” because he loved India. “At times, I felt completely alone and am proud of it,” he added.
Alleging that institutions have been compromised, Gandhi said that the Congress had fought not just the BJP but the “entire machinery of the Indian state, every institution of which was marshalled against the opposition”. With the “capture” of institutions, Indian democracy has been weakened, he claimed. Gandhi added that this “capture” would lead to pain for the people -- particularly vulnerable groups – damage to the economy, and devastation for the nation’s reputation.
“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,” Gandhi said in his letter.
Gandhi asserted that institutions would have to be reclaimed and the instrument of this reclamation would have to be the Congress.
The Congress, he added, would have to become the voice of those whose voices were being crushed. “India has never and will never be one voice. It is and always will be a symphony of voices. This is the true essence of Bharat Mata,” Gandhi said.
Thanking those who supported him from India and abroad, Gandhi asserted that he would continue to fight for the ideals of the Congress and be with it if it needed his services or advice.
“It is a habit in India that the powerful cling to power; no one sacrifices power. But we will not defeat out opponents without sacrificing the desire for power and fighting a deeper ideological battle,” he said. “I was born a Congressman, this party has always been with me and is my life’s blood and forever that way it will remain.”