Ahead of ongoing political crisis in Congress after massive defeat by the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in just concluded Lok Sabha elections, former Union Minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has advice for Rahul Gandhi.
As reports suggest that Rahul Gandhi is stuck to his decision of stepping down as Congress national president, Sinha on Thursday said that Gandhi should follow through on his decision or he will risk losing "public estimation".
In a message to Rahul Gandhi posted on Twitter, Yashwant Sinha, who quit the BJP last year, suggested that the Congress now should be run by praesidium in the short term.
"If Rahul Gandhi does not stand firm on his resignation, he will lose further in public estimation. Let the party be run by a praesidium or any other arrangement at least for some time,” Sinha tweeted.
If Rahul Gandhi does not stand firm on his resignation, he will lose further in public estimation. Let the party be run by a presidium or any other arrangement at least for some time.— Yashwant Sinha (@YashwantSinha) May 30, 2019
In March, Sinha had pushed Rahul Gandhi to work on sealing alliances with a party for the national election.
"Unsolicited advice to Rahul Gandhi," pl finalise your alliances in Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi and elsewhere today. It is already too late," he had tweeted.
On 23rd May, counting day, BJP-led NDA had a landslide victory with a total number of 353 seats, in which BJP lone crossed majority mark with 303 seats. Meanwhile, Congress won just 52 seats, in total UPA bagged 92 Lok Sabha seats.
After the poll results were announced, Rahul Gandhi took the responsibility of the party’s debacle and offered his resignation. Gandhi had described himself as "100 per cent responsible" for the party's defeat. In Congress’ key meet, the Congress Working Committee unanimously rejected Rahul Gandhi’s resignation.