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Congress’s Amethi unit chief resigns after Rahul Gandhi loses from seat

PTI Amethi (UP) | Updated on May 24, 2019 Published on May 24, 2019

Congress president Rahul Gandhi loses in Amethi.   -  Bloomberg

The district unit president of the Congress, Yogendra Misra, on Friday resigned, taking responsibility for the defeat of party president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi.

“Taking moral responsibility for the defeat in 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Amethi, I am resigning from the post,” Misra said in a resignation letter sent to the Congress president.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar announced his resignation from the post in the wake of the party’s electoral debacle in the state.

The Congress suffered a major embarrassment with Rahul Gandhi losing from the party’s stronghold here to BJP’s Smriti Irani by 55,120 votes.

Misra’s resignation is yet to be accepted or rejected by Gandhi. Talking to PTI over the phone, the Amethi Congress leader said he would nevertheless continue working for the party.

“I’ve taken moral responsibility for the defeat. Somewhere there must have been some shortcoming on our part (the local unit) and, hence, I’ve offered to resign. I’m yet to get any response on this from the party leadership,” he said.

Misra described Gandhi’s defeat “a defeat of democracy” and claimed the BJP had used money power to garner the support of the electorate.

“This is not a defeat of Rahul Gandhi or the people of Amethi, it is the defeat of democracy. The way the BJP used muscle power and money power to entice voters, they’ve spent crores here,” he claimed.

Gandhi got 4,13,394 votes against Irani’s 4,68,514 votes, according to Election Commission statistics.

In 2014, Gandhi had won the seat for the third time by defeating Irani by a margin of 1,07,903 votes. The Congress president had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from two seats. He won from Wayanad in Kerala by a margin of 4,31,770 votes.

Published on May 24, 2019
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