Khurshid: Our neta has walked away

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.”

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