UP elections 2017: After drubbing, Congress state president Raj Babbar offers to resign from post

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New Delhi | Published: March 15, 2017 1:51:50 PM

UP elections 2017: The Uttar Pradesh elections have been a fiasco for the Congress party despite vice president Rahul Gandhi carrying on a highly-charged campaign in which he took on PM Narendra Modi head-on and did not desist even from passing personal remarks.

Raj Babbar (ANI)

UP elections 2017: The Uttar Pradesh elections have been a fiasco for the Congress party despite vice president Rahul Gandhi carrying on a highly-charged campaign in which he took on PM Narendra Modi head-on and did not desist even from passing personal remarks. However, the public was not impressed by what his party was offering in terms of governance and handed the grand old party a drubbing that has rarely been seen in the state. Not only Congress, even its alliance partner Samajwadi Party came in for a bashing and was considerably reduced with the difference going to the President Amit Shah led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), whose count went up to 312 and with the allies being added, it now stands at a mammoth 325. To battle the BJP, the Congress had stitched up an alliance with the Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party in order to ensure there was no split in the votes of both parties. However, this did not help the party at all. Now, Congress state president Raj Babbar, who took all the decisions and penned the strategy of the party, has offered to resign. This comes in the wake of a number of veterans in the party asking for accountability as well as responsibility to be pinned on individuals. While no one is talking of sacking Rahul Gandhi, the others are right in the line of fire and foremost amongst them is Babbar.

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Today, early in the morning, Babbar had told reporters that, “I could not live up to the expectations, I was given responsibility but I could not fulfil it, I accept it.” 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. Babbar said he had offered to resign from the post of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president. However, it is not clear whether his resignation has been accepted by the Congress high-command in Delhi.

The BJP has won the election, but it has yet to pick and appoint its own chief minister – it ran the campaign by projecting PM Narendra Modi’s face. However, now it will need to name a CM. The process is reportedly on and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is reportedly likely to be named soon – sources have said he is PM Modi’s top pick for the position.

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