Khurshid: Our neta has walked away
New Delhi: It’s “walking away” from defeat, said senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid of Rahul Gandhi’s resignation as party president, and lamented that it cost the party the mandatory introspection that follows an election debacle.
Speaking about the state of affairs in Congress after its decimation at the hands of BJP, Khurshid said, “We haven’t really got together to analyse why we got defeated at the Lok Sabha polls. Our biggest problem is our leader has walked away.”
Rahul quit the party presidency and said he was owning up moral responsibility for the defeat. But in so doing, he ignored repeated pleas from Congress leaders and workers that he stay on and steer the organisation.
This is the first time that a Congress leader has used a strong term like “walking away” for Rahul’s resignation, suggesting it was abdication on his part. Khurshid said Rahul’s resignation had left a vacuum that had been made worse by the fact that Sonia Gandhi was treating her stepping in as a temporary arrangement.
“I did not want Rahul to resign. I believe that workers wanted him to stay on and lead the party,” Khurshid said, adding, “It is a sort of vacuum. Sonia Gandhi stepped in, but there is more than an indication that she is treating herself as a stopgap arrangement. I wish it wasn’t so.”