The effect of the defeat in 5 states is now visible on the Congress. Uttarakhand Congress President Ganesh Godiyal has resigned from his post. Taking moral responsibility for the party’s defeat in the state assembly elections, I have submitted my resignation today, he said.
Earlier, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi had sought the resignation of Congress state presidents of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.
The Congress unit chief in Punjab is Navjot Singh Sidhu, Ganesh Godiyal heads the party in Uttarakhand, Girish Chodankar is the party chief in Goa, Loken Singh in Manipur, and Ajay Kumar Lallu in Uttar Pradesh.
Moments after Surjewala’s tweet, Uttarakhand Congress chief Ganesh Godiyal tweeted that he is resigning. “Taking moral responsibility for the party’s defeat in the state assembly elections, I have submitted my resignation today.”
The move comes just two days after the Congress Working Committee (CWC) held a five-hour meeting where leaders urged Sonia Gandhi to continue to lead and initiate fundamental ground-level changes required to strengthen the party.
Godiyal wrote that I wanted to resign on the day of the result but stayed on waiting for the order of the high command. The Congress got only 19 out of 70 seats in Uttarakhand in the results on March 10. The Congress got about 38 percent of the votes. The prospects of the Congress in the state were considered very strong, but the party could not perform as expected. At the same time, BJP is again forming the government in the state by winning 47 seats.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala informed on Tuesday that Congress President Sonia Gandhi has asked the presidents of the state units of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur to resign so that the state Congress committees can be reconstituted.
In the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting held last Sunday, Congress leaders expressed confidence in the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and asked her to continue in office till the organizational elections are over and take necessary steps to strengthen the party.