Rahul Gandhi, the political scion of India’s strongest ruling dynasty, has introduced his resignation as president of India’s opposition Congress celebration within the wake of a catastrophic defeat in nationwide elections in Might.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Gandhi mentioned he accepted accountability for his celebration’s electoral failure towards the governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata celebration of the prime minister, Narendra Modi. “As president of the Congress celebration I’m answerable for the lack of the 2019 election. It is for that reason that I’ve resigned as Congress president.” Modi’s BJP celebration gained a landslide 300 seats, making large sudden good points in historically Congress territory.
Gandhi, who failed even to safe his personal seat within the Congress stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, had submitted an inside resignation to the celebration after the election outcomes got here out on 23 Might, however was requested by the celebration’s prime brass to stay in his place as Congress president.
His resignation, if accepted, will pose an existential query for a celebration that led India’s wrestle for independence from British colonial rule about whether or not Congress couldunify round a typical agenda and set of values as an alternative of descendants of a single dynasty.
Gandhi belongs to a household who has managed the celebration since India’s independence. His great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru was India’s first prime minister, his grandmother Indira Gandhi was India’s prime minister for a decade from 1966 to 1977 after which once more from 1980 to her assassination in 1984, and his father, Rajiv Gandhi, was prime minister from 1984 to 1989.
However regardless of its gilded legacy the Congress’ trendy picture has turn into related to corruption scandals, damaged guarantees and an absence of imaginative and prescient.
Through the election marketing campaign, India’s incumbent prime minister, Modi, focused his criticism of the Congress celebration instantly at Gandhi, the baby-faced Oxford-educated inheritor whose place as celebration president appeared to critics to be inherited, not earned.
Gandhi’s media appearances and political gaffes compounded the picture that Modi painted of a person unqualified to manipulate India, the world’s most populous democracy. In the meantime Modi’s personal rise to India’s highest workplace regardless of his humble origins as a railway station tea server resonated with thousands and thousands of Indians, because the nation experiences fast financial transformation.
In his resignation assertion, Gandhi mentioned he was not going to appoint the celebration’s subsequent president. As a substitute, he urged his celebration’s working committee to appoint its subsequent chief and to “radically rework itself”.
Gandhi used his parting assertion to ship searing criticism of Modi’s BJP. He wrote: “We didn’t battle a political celebration within the 2019 election. Fairly, we fought the complete equipment of the Indian state, each establishment which was marshalled towards the opposition. It’s now crystal clear that our as soon as cherished institutional neutrality not exists in India.”