Rahul's structural change? Congress's Uttar Pradesh chief Raj Babbar offers to quit

After the poll debacle in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand there are growing demands within the Congress for a fundamental restructuring. PTI file

Raj Babbar who was appointed as Uttar Pradesh Congress Chief past year has offered to resign from the post of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president after suffering a humiliating defeat in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. However, the criticism kept pouring in and by the afternoon, Babbar approached the media again and said that he was offering to quit to take the responsibility for the humiliating loss in the state. Mr Hariprasad had yesterday sent his written resignation to the Congress Vice-president owning responsibility for the party's poor show in the Panchayat elections in Odisha.

The Congress, which had fought the Uttar Pradesh election in alliance with the Samajwadi Party, won just seven of the 105 it contested, a tally lower than the Apna Dal, which won nine. "The leadership only creates teams of people like us and these teams are responsible for election wins and losses", Mr Babbar told NDTV.

With voices of dissent within the Congress gaining momentum, party insiders claim any possibility of Rahul Gandhi becoming Congress president now is a distant possibility, though this has been pending for quite some time.

"It has become a fashion to bash Rahul Gandhi". But when Mr Hariprasad met Rahul Gandhi recently, he was asked to continue.

The Congress also lost out in Amethi+ Lok Sabha constituency represented by Rahul.

In election results for five states announced on Saturday, the Congress was trounced in UP and Uttarakhand, and though it was the single largest party in Goa and Manipur, it is the BJP which has formed governments in these states by quickly moving to secure the support of small regional parties.



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