October 23, 2019 | 12:27 AM IST
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After Tankha, over 145 senior Cong leaders resign on Friday

Over 145 All India Congress Committee office-bearers, including four AICC secretaries and two working presidents resigned on Friday after the Congress legal cell head and Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha put in his papers on Thursday.
The resignations rained from different Congress Units like PCC, Seva Dal, NSUI, Youth Congress and AICC. Those who put in their papers also included Anil Chaudhary, Rajesh Dharmani, Virendra Rathore and Pawan Prabhakar.

Many of those who resigned were of the firm opinion that the senior leadership should also take responsibility. Sources in the party however, reveal that the resignations were a tug of war between the old guard and the new guard. Overseas Congress secretary Virendra Vashishtha said that another meeting will be held on July 2.

The party has been in severe crises over leadership issues since the Lok Sabha poll debacle, but party president Rahul Gandhi hit the final nail in the coffin when on Wednesday he said, “I have resigned after taking full responsibility and ensuring accountability for the party’s defeat in LS polls. I cannot ask other to resign and leave it up to them to decide whether they want to take up the responsibility or not.”
Sources also reveal that in private Gandhi was upset with leaders and holds them responsible for party’s poor performance. This further riled the party men who then started resigning one by one.

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