State Congress chiefs go on a resignation spree
Following the party abysmal performance in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections, Congress President Rahul Gandhi is trying to resign. But he is not alone, with many chiefs of the party’s state unit offering their resignation as well.
One of the biggest upsets of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections was the defeat of Congress President Rahul Gandhi who lost to BJP’s Smriti Irani by over 55, 000 votes.
But it is not only the national president of the grand old party who lost - a look at the state party chiefs also tell you about the dismal performance of the Congress.
1. Ashok Chavan, Maharashtra:
Chavan survived the Modi wave onslaught in Maharashtra in 2014, but this time, he lost to Prataprao Govindrao Chikhalikar of the BJP. His party won just one out of the 48 seats in the state, whereas its ally NCP won 4. Chavan has offered to quit from the post of state party chief.
2. Niranjan Patnaik, Odisha:
The party not only performed badly in the Lok Sabha, winning one out of 21, but also had a disastrous performance in the Assembly polls. Patnaik was also defeated in the two Assembly constituencies he contested from– Bhandaripokhari and Ghasipura. He has announced his resignation, taking the moral responsibility for the loss.
3. Sunil Jakhar, Punjab:
Other than Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Punjab is one state where the Congress was able to save its face. Congress won 8 out of 13 seats whereas the BJP and SAD won 2 seats each. The AAP managed to win 1. But here’s a catch, the state party chief himself lost to BJP’s Sunny Deol from Gurdaspur. Jakhar took the moral responsibility for losing the seat he won in a 2017 by-poll and has resigned.
4. Ajoy Kumar, Jharkhand:
This is one state where the Congress had expected to perform well, after forming a ‘mahagathbandhan’ with the regional allies. But when the results came out, the party witnessed a humiliating defeat, by winning only one of the seven seats it contested. The BJP-AJSU alliance bagged 12 out of 14 seats. Kumar resigned on May 24.
5. Sheila Dikshit, Delhi:
Not many expected the comeback of three-time CM of Delhi in politics, but she did and lost. Dikshit fought from the North-east seat of Delhi and went down against BJP’s Manoj Tiwari. The only silver lining for the Congress in this debacle was that it pushed AAP to third in the state. According to the Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, Dikshit has offered to quit from the post of the state party chief.
6. Raj Babbar, Uttar Pradesh:
The state of Uttar Pradesh was crucial not only for the Congress but for all national parties. But a look at the Congress’s performance at the state tells everything. The party chief and its possible PM face lost his own seat. The only seat Congress could win was UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli. Babbar lost to BJP’s Rajkumar Chahar from Fatehpur Sikri.
7. Ripun Bora, Assam:
The Congress party was looking to tap in the anger against the incumbent BJP for implementing National Register of Citizens in the state, but it could not. Congress could win only three seats, repeating its bad performance of 2014. Bora has sent his resignation to the party chief. Assam has 14 seats, highest in the northeast region.
8. Kamal Nath, Madhya Pradesh:
The party was hoping to replicate its success of 2018 assembly poll but, to its surprise, it could win only one. This humiliating defeat comes at a time when CM himself is the state party chief. The only seat could win out of 29, is the seat of Chhindwara which will now be represented by Kamal Nath’s son, Nakul. CM himself contested from the Assembly seat of Chhindwara and won. According to the news reports, the CM has offered to quit from the party chief.