The uncertainty in the Congress continued to prevail on Wednesday, 29 May, with its chief Rahul Gandhi sticking to his offer to resign, even as some party workers sat on a hunger strike outside his house to convince him against quitting.
Raising slogans like "Rahul ji istifa wapas lo" (Rahul ji take back your resignation), the Delhi Congress workers assembled outside Gandhi's residence at Tughlaq Lane in central Delhi.
The protest was led by three-time Chief Minister and Delhi Congress unit chief Sheila Dikshit, former Delhi Minister Haroon Yusuf, former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler and boxer Vijender Singh, who contested from the South Delhi Lok Sabha seat on a Congress ticket.
Delhi Congress leader Vijay Jatan and some workers, who sat on a hunger strike outside Gandhi's Tughlaq Lane residence, said their demand was that the latter should take his resignation back because the party needed his leadership.
Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit after meeting Rahul Gandhi at his residence said that she has urged Rahul Gandhi to not resign.
“I have given him the message that he should not resign. We want him to continue on his post, otherwise it will cause us pain. We have conveyed that to him,” she said.
Speaking to the media, Vijender Singh said, “We have complete faith in Rahul ji and we want him to continue as the party president.”
The Congress workers were detained by the police and let off subsequently.
On Tuesday, Gandhi had only met his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, besides senior party leader K C Venugopal and the Congress's chief spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot went to meet Gandhi at his Tughlaq Lane residence on Tuesday, but they only met Priyanka there.
Senior Congress leaders have been pressing upon Gandhi to take back his resignation and revamp the party at all levels in these challenging times.
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(With inputs from PTI and IANS)
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